Campaign for Working Families

Gary Bauer's End of Day Report

The theme for the third day of the Republican National Convention was “Make America Strong Again.” Speakers addressed border security, national security, and foreign policy. There was an especially poignant moment when the Gold Star families of the 13 service members killed at Abbey Gate during Joe Biden’s disastrous retreat from Afghanistan took the stage. They received a long standing ovation from the delegates, and chants of “USA! USA!” filled the arena. Herman Lopez, who lost a son at Abbey Gate, said: “During last month’s debate, [Joe Biden] claimed no service members have died during his administration. None. That hurt us all deeply. So, Alicia and I are here to say the names of all 13 service members who lost their lives at Abbey Gate.” As Mr. Lopez read the names of our fallen heroes, the delegates on the convention floor repeated each name.