Rubio, Bobby Knight to address GOP convention by video
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Florida Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioInviting Kim Jong Un to Washington Venezuela closes border with Brazil The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump escalates fight with NY Times 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 CottonInviting Kim Jong Un to Washington Senate approves border bill that prevents shutdown 'Morning Joe' host quizzes Howard Schultz on price of a box of Cheerios MORE (Ark.) and Joni Ernst (Iowa).   

As for Trump's former presidential rivals, Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzInviting Kim Jong Un to Washington Trump endorses Cornyn for reelection as O'Rourke mulls challenge O’Rourke not ruling out being vice presidential candidate 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.