Romney team denies knowledge of mystery GOP convention guest

A cadre of top advisers to Mitt Romney's campaign insisted Tuesday they were unaware of a mystery speaker who could address the convention on Thursday night.

"I do not know. I’m intrigued,” said senior Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom at a forum hosted by ABC News.  “I had not heard that that there was going to be a mystery speaker, no. I tell you, I'm intrigued.”


Other top level Romney aides — including Beth Myers, who headed his vice presidential search, Ashley O'Connor, Romney's advertising director, and Neil Newhouse, the campaign's top pollster — also pleaded ignorance.

The convention schedule released Monday by the Republican National convention includes a "to be announced" slot in prime time Thursday, the final day of the convention.

And Romney aide Russ Schreifer, who has been heading convention planning for the campaign, acknowledged a mystery guest at a press conference in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday — but refused to say who it could be.

"If we gave you that information, it wouldn't be a mystery," Schriefer said. "Tune in."

One possibility for the surprise speaking slot: real estate mogul and reality television host Donald TrumpDonald TrumpVirginia GOP gubernatorial nominee acknowledges Biden was 'legitimately' elected Biden meets with DACA recipients on immigration reform Overnight Health Care: States begin lifting mask mandates after new CDC guidance | Walmart, Trader Joe's will no longer require customers to wear masks | CDC finds Pfizer, Moderna vaccines 94 percent effective in health workers MORE. Trump's "surprise event" planned for Monday was canceled after convention organizers scrapped the first convention day out of concern about Tropical Storm Isaac's effect on Tampa. 

But during a press conference Monday, Schreifer hinted Trump could still have a role to play at the convention.

"Just because he’s not here doesn’t mean he’s not going to be showing up,” Schreifer said.