August 07, 2012 at 10:20 am
Former FL Gov. Jeb Bush is among the speakers scheduled to address the Republican National Convention, RNC chair Reince Priebus announced on Tuesday.
Bush is one of four Republicans the RNC announced will have speaking slots at the Tampa confab. The other speakers rolled out Tuesday include KY Sen. Rand Paul, OK Gov. Mary Fallin, and Romney primary opponent Rick Santorum. They join seven others, announced Monday, that Priebus said would address the convention.
“Governors Bush and Fallin, and Senators Paul and Santorum are among our party’s most respected leaders, and their participation at the Republican Convention will help generate enthusiasm for Governor Romney’s plans to strengthen our economy,” said convention CEO William Harris in a release.
“There is a lot at stake for us in November and that is why I am proud to support Governor Mitt Romney as the next president of the United States and I look forward to being a part of his nomination at the Republican National Convention in my home state of Florida,” Bush said.
Previously announced speakers include FL Gov. Rick Scott, AZ Sen. John McCain, SC Gov. Nikki Haley, former AR Gov. Mike Huckabee, OH Gov. John Kasich and NM Gov. Susana Martinez and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
The RNC has not released the days and times for each speaker. Additional speakers–including the keynote– will be announced in the coming days, Priebus said.
Alec Poitevint, Chairman of the Committee on Arrangements, says in the next few weeks we can expect more names to be added. He says the selection of the speakers is an arduous process filled with input from hundreds from various agencies, even general public opinion is considered.
Jim Davis, former Florida and United States Representative says history shows that if a name doesn’t appear on the speaker list, there is a good chance they are still in the running to fill that Vice President candidate slot.
Either way, one thing is for sure, the GOP knows exactly what they are doing.
“This is all going to be very carefully calculated,” says Davis.
Davis says the Republicans have a distinct plan as they strategically roll our the names of those that will be speaking at the RNC.
“I think that the Republican Party did two things today, both were wise. I think they touted out some of their best and brightest and they mixed into that some of the people that they have to ask to speak.
He adds he’s not just looking at the names that have been introduced, but he says just as important, if not more, is when these people will take the podium. He says the prime time speakers will be the ones to watch, the ones the Republican party really want to showcase. As for those that have yet to be named?
While we expect to hear more announcements on those who will be slated to speak, the question still remains, who will get the nod for Vice President?
Despite much conversation, Davis doesn’t seem to think it will be Florida Senator Marco Rubio. He says he thinks the battleground state of Ohio will get the green light.
“Today, I put my money on Rob Portman,” predicts Davis.
Portman, the junior state Senator from Ohio, has been really impressing people in the past couple of months, according to Davis.
–Laura Harris, ABC Action News