Rubio, Bobby Knight to address GOP convention by video
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Florida Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOvernight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Senate passes 0B defense bill Trump bets base will stick with him on immigration MORE and famed college basketball coach Bobby Knight will address the Republican National Convention by video, the party announced Thursday, as the list of speakers continues to trickle out. 

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Rubio, a onetime 2016 White House hopeful, announced he'd be skipping an in-person appearance at the convention because of his late decision to run for reelection to the Senate in the Sunshine State. 

Knight had been floated by Trump as a convention speaker, but his name was absent from the first partial lineup released Thursday morning by the Republican National Committee. 

The list of convention speakers features a large dose of Trump family members and close political associates, as well as several celebrities. But it lacks the establishment firepower of previous conventions because a number of big-name Republicans are skipping the event. 

Potential Trump running mates former Speaker Newt Gingrich of Georgia, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn will all speak, as will Sens. Tom CottonTom CottonOvernight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Lawmakers grapple with warrantless wiretapping program Senate passes 0B defense bill MORE (Ark.) and Joni Ernst (Iowa).   

As for Trump's former presidential rivals, Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Overnight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North Korea GOP state lawmakers meet to plan possible constitutional convention MORE (Texas) and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker will speak along with Rubio.

The New York Times has also reported that football star Tim Tebow has agreed to speak, but the RNC has not confirmed that booking yet.