Organizers putting finishing touches on the venues ahead of the RNC

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CLEVELAND - Top Republicans are in Cleveland as organizers put last-minute touches on the venues for the Republican National Convention.

With just hours to go before the RNC begins on Monday, the convention's CEO and Donald Trump's campaign manager say they are pleased with what they see inside Quicken Loans Arena.

"I think it's one of the best podiums we've ever done before for a convention," said Republican National Convention CEO Jeff Larson.

Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort described the people who will speak at the convention. Monday night's theme is "To Make America Safe Again." Speakers will include Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, once a VP contender; Pat Smith, mother of Benghazi Victim Sean Smith; and Trump's wife, Melania.


"The plan for the Trump campaign for this convention is to help the American people understand more about Donald Trump the man, not just the candidate that they've seen on the campaign trail," Manafort said.

Manafort and Larson say they believe the Republican party is uniting behind Donald Trump. They also feel even with Ohio's "open carry" law and the fear of protesters getting out of hand, everyone attending the convention will be safe.

"This is the United States of America and people get a chance to do that in an orderly fashion and when they start getting disorderly, I think the police will move in and take an effort," said Larson.

"I hope that the people of this country don't see what happens with the protesters and think that's Cleveland, 'cause that's not Cleveland; Cleveland has opened their hearts and they put their arms around everybody," said former Arkansas governor and presidential contender Mike Huckabee.

Fox 8 ran into Huckabee outside "The Q." Huckabee says he hopes during the convention, delegates get a chance to appreciate all the attractions Cleveland has to offer.

"The people of Cleveland are incredibly hospitable from the moment you get off the plane at the airport, seeing you on the streets and asking if they can do anything for you...could not ask for a more amazing and more hospitable group of citizens than we've seen in Cleveland," Huckabee said.

Mike Huckabee says he wanted to speak at the convention Tuesday night, but cannot because of his current job as a FOX News commentator.

Manafort would not reveal Donald Trump’s plans for the days leading up to his official nomination Thursday night.

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