Rubio, Bobby Knight to address GOP convention by video
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Florida Sen. Marco RubioMarco RubioWhat’s with Trump’s spelling mistakes? Boeing must be stopped from doing business with Iran Top Trump officials push border wall as government shutdown looms 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 Cybersecurity: White House adviser ditches cyber panel over 'fake news' | Trump cyber order 'close' | GOP senator pushes for clean renewal of foreign intel law Overnight Tech: Dem wants to see FCC chief's net neutrality plans | New agency panel on telecom diversity | Trump calls NASA astronaut GOP senator pushes for clean reauthorization of foreign intel law MORE (Ark.) and Joni Ernst (Iowa).   

As for Trump's former presidential rivals, Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzSecret Service: No guns at Trump NRA speech Cruz: Breaking up 9th Circuit Court ‘a possibility’ The Hill's 12:30 Report 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.