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:
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
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***
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)
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)
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.