Trump reportedly planning a “traditional” acceptance speech

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally Saturday, June 18, 2016, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

CLEVELAND (AP) — Donald Trump plans to deliver a more traditional, “prepared speech” on the closing night of the Republican convention.

That’s according to top Trump adviser Paul Manafort who spoke to reporters at a Bloomberg breakfast.

Manafort says Trump and his team have been studying previous convention speeches, including Richard Nixon’s 1968 acceptance speech. He says that speech from nearly 50 years ago is largely in line with many of the issues facing the country today.

The 1968 campaign was marred by violence and protests, drawing some comparisons to the current election climate.

Manafort says Trump is on the “third or fourth draft” of the address he’ll deliver from Cleveland on Thursday night. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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