RNC Speaking List May Point to Romney as Veep

The RNC has finally revealed the speaking order for the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis next month. As expected, the list includes Dick Cheney, President Bush, former candidates from the Primaries, and, of course, John McCain and the -still unknown – VP nominee. Rudy Giuliani will be giving the keynote, Sarah Palin and Bobby Jindal will both give primetime speeches, and a number of other big name Republicans will also speak.

But an issue surrounding the timing of the speech to be given by fmr. Governor and Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney may indicate that he is the VP nominee. Here is the list:

Monday 9/1:
Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn.
Vice President Dick Cheney

Monday primetime (10-11pm Eastern Time)
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, R-Calif.
President Bush and First Lady Laura Bush

Tuesday 9/2:
Fmr. Gov. Tom Ridge, R-Pa.
Former CA Secretary of State Rosario Marin
Fmr. Sen. Fred Thompson, R-Tenn.
Gov. Linda Lingle, R-Hawaii
Fmr. Lt. Gov. Michael Steele, R-Md.

Tuesday prime time (10-11pm Eastern Time)
Gov. Sarah Palin, R-Alaska
Fmr. Gov. Mike Huckabee, R-Ark.
Fmr. Mayor Rudy Giuliani, R-New York City ***KEYNOTER***

Wednesday 9/3:
Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn.
Meg Whitman, Ebay CEO
Carly Fiorina, former HP CEO
Fmr. Gov. Mitt Romney, R-Mass.

Wednesday prime time (10-11pm Eastern Time)
Cindy McCain
Vice Presidential nominee
Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La. (some dispute on time – may go before VP nominee, or after to place J-Mac’s name into nomination)

Thursday 9/4:
Gov. Tim Pawlenty, R-Minn.
Gov. Charlie Crist, R-Fla.
Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kansas
Sen. Mel Martinez, R-Fla

Thursday prime time (10-11pm Eastern Time)
Sen. John McCain (video before his speech)

So what’s wrong with the list? Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin, Rudy Giuliani, and Bobby Jindal all have prime time speaking slots – but Romney, who came in second in the primaries, and who has been one of the most visible supporters of McCain since the primaries ended – is stuck with a daytime spot.

That indicates one of two things: either Romney will actually speak at another time, and the speech will be moved,or he is being given an extremely cold shoulder by the GOP – something that seems very unlikely, knowing what the reaction from Romney supporters would be, particularly considering that Huckabee has a prime time slot – not to mention the effort and dedication Romney has put forward to get McCain elected.



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3 responses to “RNC Speaking List May Point to Romney as Veep

  1. BrooklynCouch

    I would love to share your enthusiasm and optimism about this schedule pointing towards Romney, but this is getting silly. McCain said the nominee hasn’t been decided upon yet (as of this morning), and even if he/she had, Team McCain wants to throw out disinformation on the pick, and wait until Obama has announced to chose definitively (Bayh v. Hillary may lead to a different choice).

    So, I salute you, but this is also somewhat absurd…. 😉

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  3. Ted

    Despite the Dems and the allied main stream media’s desperation to see Romney as McCain’s Veep, Mitt is clearly out, with (1) Obama doubling down on the class warfare theme (McCain’s 7 houses) and (2) McCain doubling down with ads showing the hypocrisy of Biden attacking Obama in the primaries — Romney did way more than that contra McCain.

    This leaves only Govs Sarah Palin and Tim Pawlenty. Pro-abortion Ridge and Dem-Lieberman were never real considerations, despite relentless media goading. Pawlenty’s lackluster TV performances, coupled with Palin pizzazz, the primacy of oil drilling and the ticked off women/Hillary voters, does now portend a McCain/Palin checkmate on the Dems. This is so albeit the Dems and liberal media dare not mention Palin’s name, that is, everyone but…..

    And if there’s any question as to Palin being uniquely positioned and able to more than nullify Biden in debate, see the excellent discussion at palinforvp.blogspot.com

    Team McCain, well done!!!

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