The Republican National Committee has announced its first list of confirmed speakers slated to address the GOP’s nominating convention in Tampa, Florida in the last week of August. The confirmed speakers include some prominent politicians who were being discussed as potential running mates for Mitt Romney’s presidential ticket, but their selection to address the convention has eliminated them from contention.
Among the speakers who will address the convention include New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Arizona Sen. John McCain.
The Tampa Bay Times was the first publication to reveal this first wave of speakers early Monday morning on its website. There was no mention as to what date or time the above speakers would address the convention.
A report from July noted that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was tapped to give the keynote address to the GOP convention. NBC News confirmed that report, which originally appeared in the New York Post, but the Romney campaign later said that they have not confirmed the convention’s keynote speaker.
Notably absent from the list of speakers are some regularly mentioned potential vice presidential choices for Romney including Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte.
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