Rubio, Bobby Knight to address GOP convention by video
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Florida Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioSenators highlight national security threats from China during rare public hearing Rubio presses DNI to investigate alleged unmasking of Tucker Carlson Senate holds sleepy Saturday session as negotiators finalize infrastructure deal 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 CottonTom Bryant CottonAmerica's pandemic of COVID hypocrisy Overnight Defense: Biden administration expands Afghan refugee program | Culture war comes for female draft registration | US launches third Somalia strike in recent weeks Up next in the culture wars: Adding women to the draft MORE (Ark.) and Joni Ernst (Iowa).   

As for Trump's former presidential rivals, Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Defense: Senate panel votes to scrap Iraq war authorizations | Police officer fatally stabbed outside Pentagon ID'd | Biden admin approves first Taiwan arms sale Senate panel votes to repeal Iraq war authorizations America's pandemic of COVID hypocrisy 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.