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Ted Cruz, Paul Ryan to Address Texas Delegation in Cleveland

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The Texas Tribune
Former presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz speaks at the state Republican convention in Dallas, Texas on May 14, 2016.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan are among those speaking to the Texas delegation next week at the Republican National Convention, according to a tentative schedule obtained by The Texas Tribune.

Cruz, a former presidential candidate, will address the delegates Thursday morning, while Ryan will do so Tuesday morning. Other prominent Republicans addressing the group include former Gov. Rick Perry (Monday morning) and U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (Tuesday morning).

The delegation will also hear from Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Attorney General Ken Paxton, as well as Texas House Speaker Joe Straus. They are joined on the speaking schedule by a dozen members of the U.S. House from Texas, Republican strategist Karl Rove, conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza, and former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton.

Cruz's speech could be his only public remarks in Cleveland beside his address Wednesday night to all of the convention's delegates. Cruz made a short trip to Cleveland on Friday to address a private gathering of conservative activists known as the Council for National Policy. He is expected to return to Cleveland late Tuesday to attend more private events, including a thank-you reception for his delegates Wednesday afternoon at a bar on the city's waterfront.

A spokeswoman said Cruz will not be at the convention Thursday night, meaning he is likely to miss the speech in which his former rival, Donald Trump, accepts the Republican nomination.

This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at http://www.texastribune.org/2016/07/15/cruz-ryan-among-speakers-texas-delegates-cleveland/.