Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus announced this week the speakers list at the GOP convention, which is to be held at the end of the month. Speeches will be given by a variety of Republicans, including those to the left of Mitt Romney.
The who’s who of Republican politics will appear at the RNC from Aug. 27 to Aug. 30 in Tampa. RNC Chairman Reince Priebus confirmed the list of speakers who will deliver a speech and their support for the presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney.
On Monday, Priebus released the first list of speakers. They include South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, Arizona Senator and former presidential candidate John McCain, former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice and Florida Governor Rick Scott.
Priebus published the second list of speakers Tuesday morning. The additional scheduled speakers include former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul and former Pennsylvania Senator and former presidential candidate Rick Santorum.
“I am thrilled to announce Governor Bush, Governor Fallin, Senator Paul and Senator Santorum will address our convention,” said Priebus in a news release. “As our party unites around Governor Romney, these four great leaders will lend their voices in support of his vision to get America back on track.”
Santorum is the first rival of Romney’s to be named to the convention speakers list. It has not been confirmed if former 2012 presidential candidates, such as Herman Cain, Texas Governor Rick Perry, Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich or Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, will get a primetime speaking slot.
There has been no announcement if retiring Texas Congressman and three-time presidential candidate Ron Paul will address the GOP. The libertarian-leaning congressman will, however, hold a major rally the day before the RNC at the University of South Florida.
“Governors Bush and Fallin, and Senators Paul and Santorum are among our party’s most respected leaders, and their participation at the Republican Convention will help generate enthusiasm for Governor Romney’s plans to strengthen our economy,” said William Harris, convention Chief Executive Officer, in a news release.
Some of the listed speakers are to the left of Romney on a number of issues in order to attract both center and independent voters in the November election. The former Secretary of State, for example, advocates abortion rights, while New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez proposes a pathway for illegal immigrants to obtain legal status and has harshly criticized Romney's immigration platform.