POLITICO website contacted leading Republicans and the responses weren't overly positive
As we edge closer to the Presidential election vote, the tide is turning in favour of Hillary Clinton.
In May, the Washington Post ran an opinion poll, with 46% in favour of Trump, and 44% in support of Clinton.
A newly released poll, also by the Washington Post, now shows that Clinton is leading with 51% support, compared to Trump's 39%.
Now, leading up the Republican National Convention, which is due to take place from July 18th to 21st, American political website POLITICO contacted fifty of the most high profile or prominent governors, senators and House members to gauge their interest in speaking.
The majority of those who were asked would they be interested in speaking at the event said no, with a high percentage even claiming they wouldn't be attending the convention at all.
Stuart Stevens, the Republican strategist who organised the 2012 convention, stated: “Everyone has to make their own choice, but at this point, 70 percent of the American public doesn’t like Donald Trump. That’s as toxic as we’ve seen in American politics Normally, people want to speak at national conventions. It launched Barack Obama’s political career.”
In contrast to previous conventions, such as Mitt Romney's 2012 line-up in which he had every political speaker he wanted as support, Trump is rumoured to be heading in a different direction.
He mentioned a "Winner's Evening" during the convention, which would solely feature sporting stars, as well as giving his own children, daughter Ivanka and sons Eric and Donald Jr., prime time slots.
In the meantime, both Trump and the Republican National Convention organisers are keeping tight-lipped over the actual line-up.