Rubio, Bobby Knight to address GOP convention by video
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Florida Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioJudd Gregg: Two ideas whose time has not come Nikki Haley: New York Times ‘knew the facts’ about curtains and still released story March For Our Lives founder leaves group, says he regrets trying to 'embarrass' Rubio 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 CottonThomas (Tom) Bryant CottonGOP senator accuses Dems of ‘character assassination’ on Kavanaugh Sprint/T-Mobile deal must not allow China to threaten US security GOP senators condemn 'vulgar' messages directed at Collins over Kavanaugh MORE (Ark.) and Joni Ernst (Iowa).   

As for Trump's former presidential rivals, Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzTrump changes mean only wealthy immigrants may apply, says critic The Hill's Morning Report — Ford, Kavanaugh to testify Thursday as another accuser comes forward Viral video shows O’Rourke air-drumming to the Who’s ‘Baba O’Riley’ after Cruz debate 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.