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story.lead_photo.caption Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Sen. Tom Cotton and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee (file photos)

Three Arkansans will address the nation next week at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, officials announced this week.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson, U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton and former Gov. Mike Huckabee will each take the stage, delivering short comments in the convention hall.

Hutchinson is scheduled to speak Tuesday evening during prime time, according to his political strategist, Jon Gilmore. The governor is expected to talk for five minutes and will explain why he believes his party’s presumptive nominee, Donald Trump, would be a better president than Democratic presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton.

Cotton will speak during prime time Monday about “national security and foreign policy and defense and our troops,” his spokesman Caroline Rabbitt said.

The speech will likely take place during the 9 o’clock hour and “he’s writing it himself,” she said.

This will be the first time either Hutchinson or Cotton have addressed one of the conventions.

Huckabee, who gave prime-time speeches in 2008 and 2012, has also been invited to address the delegates, his daughter said earlier this week.

Read Thursday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.


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