Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMulvaney aims to cement CFPB legacy by ensuring successor's confirmation Trump mocks McCain at Nevada rally Don’t disrespect McCain by torpedoing his clean National Defense Authorization Act MORE (Ariz.) and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice are among the high-profile speakers scheduled to address this month’s Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.

An early list of announced speakers, first reported by the Tampa Bay Times, also includes GOP Govs. Rick Scott (Fla.), Nikki Haley (S.C.), John Kasich (Ohio) and Susana Martinez (N.M.), as well as former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

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Scott, Kasich and Martinez are all governors of key swing states that will help determine the outcome of the 2012 race.

Announcing the headliners, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus praised the speakers, whom he described as among the GOP’s “brightest stars, who have governed and led effectively and admirably in their respective roles.”

“Ours will be a world-class convention, worthy of the next president of the United States, and these speakers — and those that will be announced later — will help make it a truly memorable and momentous event,” he added.

The RNC did not specify which nights the announced speakers would address the convention, and said the keynote speaker and additional speakers would be announced ahead of the Aug. 27-30 event.



Presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney has yet to announce his vice president, and the list of announced speakers notably did not contain the names of those rumored to be on his short list, including Sens. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanSenate moving ahead with border bill, despite Trump 13 GOP senators ask administration to pause separation of immigrant families Lawmakers, businesses await guidance on tax law MORE (Ohio), Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioNew fears over Chinese espionage grip Washington Rubio heckled by protestors outside immigration detention facility Bill to protect work licenses of student loan debtors is welcome development MORE (Fla.) and Kelly AyotteKelly Ann AyotteHeitkamp ad highlights record as Senate race heats up Ernst, Fischer to square off for leadership post The Hill's Morning Report: Koch Network re-evaluating midterm strategy amid frustrations with GOP MORE (N.H.) or Govs. Bob McDonnell (Va.) and Bobby Jindal (La.).


Rice was rumored to be a front-runner for Romney’s VP pick, after she delivered a widely praised speech at a Romney donor retreat in June and polls showed her as popular with GOP voters. But the former Bush administration official played down speculation.