Republicans could move Sen. Marco RubioMarco RubioGOP loses top Senate contenders How does placing sanctions on Russia help America? Republicans play clean up on Trump's foreign policy MORE's (R-Fla.) speech at the Republican National Convention to ensure Ann Romney's speech is carried by the television networks, multiple Republican sources said Friday.
Rubio is currently slated to give the speech immediately preceding that of Mitt Romney, who will accept the Republican presidential nomination on Thursday night.
On a conference call with reporters Friday, Romney aide Russ Schriefer said he "remained optimistic" that the networks would reverse course and air all four nights of the Republican convention. But Schriefer wouldn't rule out moving Ann Romney's speaking slot if the networks did not change their minds. The Weekly Standard reported Friday that Rubio now could end up speaking Tuesday night.
A spokesman for Rubio did not immediately respond to request for comment. A spokesman for the convention said they had no changes to announce.
Scheduling Rubio's address immediately before Romney's had been seen as a reward for the popular Florida lawmaker, who was passed up in favor of Rep. Paul RyanPaul RyanThe Trump Administration has definitely not drained the swamp Five big Trump narratives to watch Juan Williams: Senate GOP begins to push Trump away MORE (R-Wis.) for Romney's running mate.
The scheduled theme for Thursday night, according to the Romney campaign, will be "We Believe in America."
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said in a press release Thursday that the program that night would "focus the national spotlight on the many reasons Governor Mitt Romney is uniquely suited to lead us through the challenges our nation faces during this difficult time."