RNC speaker’s list may indicated who is out as a veep candidate
By GEOFF HOLTZMAN
Talk Radio News Service
WASHINGTON - Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez will both deliver headline speeches at the Republican National Convention, the RNC announced Monday.
Observers opined that the prominent speaking roles mean that both women, who have been mentioned as dark horse candidates to be Mitt Romney’s running mate this year, have been crossed off Romney’s list.
In addition to Rice and Martinez, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, Ohio Governor John Kasich, Floria Governor Rick Scott, former Arkansas Governor and 2008 candidate Mike Huckabee, and 2008 GOP nominee Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) will also serve as featured speakers at the four-day convention, which begins August 27.
Ohio Sen. Rob Portman and former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty are often rumored to be on Romney’s short list of potential VP picks. However, the list may also include Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal.
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