Sen. John McCainJohn McCainMeghan McCain: Obama 'a dirty capitalist like the rest of us' Top commander: Don't bet on China reining in North Korea Trudeau, Trump speak for second night about US-Canada trade 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.
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 PortmanRob PortmanTrump talks big on trade, but workers need action Trump tax plan prompts GOP fears about deficit Overnight Regulation: Senators call for 'cost-effective' regs | FCC chief unveils plans to roll back net neutrality MORE (Ohio), Marco RubioMarco RubioOvernight Defense: Commander calls North Korea crisis 'worst' he's seen | Trump signs VA order | Dems push Trump to fill national security posts What’s with Trump’s spelling mistakes? Boeing must be stopped from doing business with Iran MORE (Fla.) and Kelly AyotteKelly AyotteBottom Line How Gorsuch's confirmation shapes the next Supreme Court battle THE MEMO: Trump set to notch needed win with Gorsuch 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.