TAMPA, Florida -- Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus today announced six headliners addressing the Republican National Convention August 27-30. The speakers are:
- U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte, United States Senator from New Hampshire and former New Hampshire Attorney General.
- Former Democratic National Convention Speaker Artur Davis, former Alabama congressman from the 7th District (2003-2011) who was the first member of Congress not from Illinois to endorse President Obama in 2008. Davis, then a Democrat, seconded the official nomination of Obama at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. He recently announced he is joining the Republican Party and supporting Mitt Romney.
- Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, 55th Governor of Louisiana, winning election in 2007 and winning reelection in all of the state's 64 parishes in 2011; former U.S. Congressman; led the state's response to the catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf in 2010.
- Congressman Connie Mack won the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate in Florida on August 14th and was first elected to the United States House of Representatives in November 2004.
- Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, chairman of the Republican Governors Association and chairman of the Republican National Convention Committee on Resolutions, commonly known as the Platform Committee.
- U.S. Senator Rob Portman, U.S. Senator from Ohio who won election in 2010 by 18 points, winning 82 of Ohio's 88 counties, and former Congressman from Ohio's 2nd district. He is also a former U.S. Trade Representative and former Director of the Office of Management and Budget.
"This exciting group of headliners includes two successful governors, two outstanding senators, the next senator from our convention state, and a former Co-Chairman of the 2008 Obama campaign. The perspectives and ideas they bring to the convention stage will show all Americans that Romney and Ryan are the ticket to a better future. Former Congressman Davis especially will give voice to the frustration and disappointment felt among those who supported President Obama in 2008 and are now hungry for a new direction," Chairman Priebus said.
"The American people are smart. We know that if we don't change leadership soon, our country will continue on a path toward Europe and away from the principles of free market and limited government that have made this country the greatest nation in the world. I look forward to talking about the important choice facing our nation. We can either go the way of Europe, grow the public sector and make Americans more dependent on government or we can get behind Mitt Romney, reinvigorate the private sector and get our people back to work."
Republican National Convention Chief Executive Officer William Harris said, "These speakers will offer a variety of insights into why we need new leadership in Washington, D.C. and how important it is for us to stand unified as we nominate Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan."
"I am proud to be able to represent Florida and be a part of officially nominating Mitt Romney as the next President of the United States. We will come together as a party and a country at the convention to demand a change of leadership in Washington, D.C. Our voices have been ignored long enough. For nearly four years, Washington's Lockstep Liberals have forced the government takeover of healthcare and saddled us with job-killing regulations, more taxes, more spending and more debt. That ends this year. The American people are demanding change, and change is on its way."
SOURCE and Image Credit: 2012 Republican National Convention