SARATOGA — Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, will deliver a prime-time speech at next week’s Republican National Convention.
Stefanik said she’ll use the slot to promote President Trump and criticize Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee.
The GOP convention begins next week, but the third-term lawmaker didn’t indicate on which day she’ll deliver her remarks from the Andrew Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C.
She said she learned of the slot only “recently.”
“The planning for the convention, given how unprecedented this year has been, has been updated throughout given the challenges,” Stefanik said in a phone interview on Friday.
The roster of speakers for next week’s four-day event is still emerging.
Confirmed speakers also include former U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, Patricia and Mark McCloskey, the St. Louis couple who pointed guns at Black Lives Matter activists, and Nick Sandmann, the Kentucky high school student who sued major media organizations after appearing in a viral video last year at the National Mall.
Stefanik, 36, has emerged as one of Trump’s most fervent supporters on Capitol Hill and is co-leading his re-election campaign in New York state.
“It’s a great opportunity for the North Country to have a national audience,” Stefanik said. “President Trump is incredibly strong in the district.”
Stefanik cited lawn signs as an indicator of support for the president.
“As I have been working and campaigning in my district, I have seen thousands of Trump signs compared to just two signs for Joe Biden,” Stefanik said.
The third-term lawmaker was mum on the substance of her upcoming remarks.
“I’m going to highlight the deep history in my district in standing up for who we are as Americans,” Stefanik said.
Stefanik called the election a “clear choice between President Trump’s record of delivering results for the American people during this challenging time versus Joe Biden’s 47-year failed record of far-Left policies.”
Trump called Stefanik a “rising star” following last year’s House impeachment hearings.
Trump won Stefanik’s congressional district, which stretches from the Adirondack foothills to the Canadian border, by 14 percentage points in 2016. The district previously voted for President Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012.
Stefanik is seeking a fourth term in November and faces a rematch from Tedra Cobb, her 2018 Democratic opponent.