Ann Romney’s GOP Convention Speech May Not Make It Into Network TV Coverage

Ann Romney's GOP Speech May Not Make It Into Network TV Coverage

Earlier this week, CNN reported that Ann Romney is expected to kick off the Republican National Convention with a keynote speech on Monday night. But it seems Romney’s speech may not make it to primetime television on the three major television networks — because they won’t be airing convention coverage on Monday night.

POLITICO’s Dylan Byers reported today that ABC, CBS, and NBC have said their Monday night primetime schedule doesn’t include convention coverage. So, “in order to get Mitt’s wife onto television, the campaign may have to scramble and reschedule her speech.”

CNN also noted that having Romney speak on the first night makes sense:

Having Ann Romney play a prominent role on the convention’s first night makes sense, as she is widely considered to be one of her husband’s most effective surrogates. It would also create a bookend effect – Ann Romney speaking on the first night, with her husband formally accepting the Republican presidential nomination on the final evening of the convention. This is an important optic as Mitt Romney’s family has played a key messaging role in his presidential campaign.


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