Republican National Convention: Reaching for unity on day three

  • Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump arrives in his helicopter to the third day of the Republican National Convention on July 20, 2016 in Cleveland Ohio. 
  • Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump arrives in his helicopter with his running mate, Ind. Gov. Mike Pence, on the third day of the Republican National Convention on July 20, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump greets his family after arriving by helicopter to the Republican National Convention on July 20, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump watches as his running mate, Ind. Gov. Mike Pence, speaks outside the Republican Presidential Convention on July 20, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Congresswoman and chair of the Democratic National Convention Debbie Wasserman Schultz at the Republican National Convention on July 20, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Instagram’s Mini Oval Office at the Republican National Convention on July 20, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • An attendee at the Republican National Convention holds a sign aimed at presumptive Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on July 20, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • A supporter of Donald Trump wears a hat with his slogan “Make America Great Again” at the Republican National Convention on July 20, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • A supporter of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention on July 20, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Don King is seen at the Republican National Convention on July 20, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Supporters of Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump hold signs that read “Trump Digs Coal” at the Republican National Convention on July 20, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • A woman wears elephant jewelry at the third day of the Republican National Convention on July 20, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump at the third day of the Republican National Convention on July 20, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Gov. Scott Walker speaks at the Republican National Convention on July 20, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Ind. Gov. Mike Pence at the Republican National Convention on July 20, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Sen. Jeff Sessions cheers for Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention on July 20, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump and his family listen to speakers on day three of the Republican National Convention on July 20, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • A supporter of Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention on July 20, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • A supporter of Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention on July 20, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Ind. Gov. Mike Pence at the Republican National Convention on July 20, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump at the third day of the Republican National Convention on July 20, 2016 in Cleveland Ohio.

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CLEVELAND – Ted Cruz arguably stole the show on the third day of the Republican National Convention. In his prime-time address, he pointedly refused to offer his endorsement of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, triggering a chorus of boos that followed him off the stage.

The moment highlighted issues around the unification of the Republican Party. Cruz’s speech followed unrest on the convention floor Monday and the Never Trump Republicans’ last stand Tuesday, all of which revealed perennial fractures within the GOP.

Cruz’s move also overshadowed a speech by Gov. Mike Pence, Trump’s recently announced running mate. The Indiana governor touted his conservative credentials and took aim at presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

Night three of the Republican National Convention also included several speeches from former candidates Gov. Scott Walker and Sen. Marco Rubio  — both of whom previously expressed hesitation in endorsing Trump. 

Amid tension within the GOP, Trump and his surrogates had the task of persuading party officials and viewers alike that the businessman is the right person to “Make America First Again,” the theme of the evening. 

These photographs were shot on assignment by photographer Mark Peterson for MSNBC Photography as part of his on-going body of work “Political Theatre” which examines the landscape of the American political system. 

Check back for more photos throughout the day. For full coverage, visit MSNBC.com/photography.

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