CLEVELAND, Ohio (WHNT) - Rep. Robert Aderholt is one of many Alabama Republicans making the trek to Cleveland this week for the RNC Convention. Aderholt says he's heard the speculation on a contested nominee vote, but doesn't buy it. “At this point, I don’t see how it would happen. His delegates are going to be there and have the votes, so I think it’s just a matter of formality of having the actual vote," he says.
Speakers at the convention include virtually every member of the Trump family, former Republican primary candidates Dr. Ben Carson and Sen. Ted Cruz, and a slew of celebrities like Duck Dynasty CEO Willie Robinson and Actor Scott Baio. "It's going to be a very personal convention. I mean, you're going to have his family speaking. You're going to have friends who have known him speaking," says Paul Manafort, Trump's campaign manager.
Of course, Trump's running mate Indiana Governor Mike Pence will address the crowd Wednesday night. “I think he is that steady ship, that anchor, that north star that if you have any concerns about Donald Trump, that he would be that," says Rep. Aderholt.
Almost as significant as who's on the speaker list, is who isn't. None of the Bush family, Gov. Mitt Romney, or Sen. John McCain will address the convention crowd.
In light of the recent shootings, security is tight and visible around the Quicken Loans Arena. Cars entering the immediate area are being checked and officers ranging from local police to the Secret Service are out in force.
While's there no question Donald Trump has taken a unique path to the nomination, Rep. Aderholt hopes all roads leaving Cleveland will result in party unity. “I think it will be a time of healing for the party coming together," he says.