TAMPA, Florida -- Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus today announced the first list of headliners addressing the 2012 Republican National Convention August 27-30.
Organizers say that additional convention speakers, including the keynote, will be announced in the coming days and weeks. The speakers are:
- South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley , the first female governor of South Carolina and the youngest sitting governor in the United States;
- Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee ,the 44th governor of Arkansas and 2008 presidential candidate is a NY Times best-selling author, radio and television show host;
- Ohio Governor John Kasich , former House Budget Committee chairman;
- New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez , the first female Hispanic governor in the U.S. and the first female governor of New Mexico;
- Arizona Senator John McCain , the party's 2008 nominee, now serving his fifth term in the U.S. Senate;
- Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice , America's 66th secretary of state and the first African-American female to hold the position; and
- Florida Governor Rick Scott , from the convention host state.
"We are proud and excited to announce these outstanding leaders will address the nation during our convention in Tampa," said Chairman Priebus. "They are some of our party's brightest stars, who have governed and led effectively and admirably in their respective roles. Ours will be a world class convention, worthy of the next president of the United States, and these speakers—and those that will be announced later—will help make it a truly memorable and momentous event."
"The Republican National Convention comes at a critical time for determining America's future. Mitt Romney knows that it is the hard-working people of America who build businesses and create jobs – not the government," said Florida Governor Rick Scott. "We share that same belief here in Florida where we continue our progress in helping to create jobs by moving government out of the way of our businesses. I look forward to telling our story to the world when we gather in Tampa in just a few weeks."
Republican National Convention Chief Executive Officer William Harris noted that "these individuals exemplify the Republican Party's commitment to economic growth and long-term job creation, and reflect our proud tradition of protecting America's interests around the world."
The 2012 Republican National Convention will be held at the Tampa Bay Times Forum August 27-30, 2012. Nearly 50,000 visitors are expected to come to the Tampa Bay area for the event, including delegates, alternate delegates, media and other guests.
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