The national Republican Party announced today some of the first people who will be speaking at the upcoming convention, which will result in nominating Mitt Romney to take on pro-abortion President Barack Obama.
Two pro-life women governors, Nikki Haley and Susana Martinez, are among those who will receive time at the convention to address the delegates and other attendees. Haley, who is Indian American, was the first woman elected as governor of South Carolina and Martinez is one of the leading pro-life Hispanics and the first Latina woman elected governor of New Mexico.
Joining them will be former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, a pro-life advocate who campaigned for the GOP nomination in 2008. Pro-life governor John Kasich of Ohio and Rick Scott of Florida will speak as well and represent their important battleground states.
The keynote speaker and others will be named closer to the Aug. 27-30 event, Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus said .
“We are proud and excited to announce these outstanding leaders will address the nation during our convention in Tampa,” RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement. “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,” Priebus said.
The RNC has not yet released the list of names of people who will serve as keynote speakers and will continue. Romney has not named his vice presidential running mate and that person will be one of the featured speakers. Leading possibilities include former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.
The RNC released statements from the speakers it has selected so far.
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“The Republican National Convention comes at a critical time for determining America’s future,” Scott said. “Mitt Romney knows that it is the hard-working people of America who build businesses and create jobs — not the government. 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.”
“Americans want to work,” said Martinez. “They want to build their businesses, compete and succeed in order to create more jobs and a secure future for their families. Mitt Romney knows that is the formula for our economic growth — not more government roadblocks.”
Huckabee said “this election provides the most stark contrast of political platforms in American history.” Instead of recovery and new jobs, he said, the nation has “seen the longest period of record unemployment since the Great Depression.”