Skip to comments.Santorum, Rand Paul, Jeb Bush To Speak at GOP Convention
Posted on 08/07/2012 9:54:52 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Former Sen. Rick Santorum gave Mitt Romney a run for his money during the Republican primaries. In return, Santorum will get a major speaking role at the Republican National Convention, organizers will announce Tuesday. Convention organizers will also announce they are giving major speaking roles to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and Sen. Rand Paul, the son of Rep. Ron Paul, another of Romney's more dogged rivals.
Handing Santorum a prime speaking slot is a hat tip to his underdog presidential campaign. The under-funded, little-known former senator notched a surprising upset in Iowa, where his brand of social conservatism played well among activists. Santorum has been aggressive about wanting a speaking slot. "I have no doubt that we'll have some role at the convention," Santorum told CNN last week in an unusually forward statement.
Picking Paul looks like a particularly elegant solution to what might have been a thorny problem. Ron Paul's campaign didn't gain traction with voters, but his supporters understood party rules better than other campaigns, giving them the opportunity to win delegate seats at county and state party conventions. Had Paul won a majority of just one more delegation, he would have been allowed to be formally nominated for president, which could have been a hurdle for organizers trying to arrange an event that will serve as a Romney coronation.
The four speakers are the second wave of convention headliners to be named by the organizing committee. On Monday, the committee said South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, Arizona Sen. John McCain, Florida Gov. Rick Scott and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice would address the convention.
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I like Rick and Rand Paul, Jeb Bush not so much. What about Rand’s daddy? Congressman Paul needs to speak also. He may br loony in a lot of ways but he has a large group of followers who believe in limited government.
Screw the GOP-E.
and NEWT!!!!!!!!!!!! I want to hear Newt!
Without Sarah, and Newt as well (IMHO), this is a terrible thumb nose to conservatives/tea-partiers, and bad harbinger of things to come, and notice that while we may vote ‘R’, we are NOT happy about it...
There is a price Romeny has to pay for the way he behaved in the primaries; he’s done really nothing to assuage up to now and showing every indication this will continue...
Anybody else feel like a red headed step child?
I have gone from a “never” vote for Willard to a “yes, but spit” but have now swung to a “maybe but probably not” vote.
Why do we keep doing this to ourselves? Seems like every election cycle now.
Why McCain? Is he gonna give a speech about how not to run?
Those are now three names you can likely scratch off the VP sweepstakes.
Basackwards: Time for Rice but not Palin.
Major error in judgement that will have a cost.
Huckabee, Rand Paul, Rick Santorum and every other speaker has officially endorsed. Why would the GOP invite Sarah Palin to speak if she refuses to endorse their candidate?
What speech would she give? “...join me in voting for Anybody But Obama!”
I am with you. Newt would be one of the best speakers.
The only person who needs to speak at the convention is Mark Levin. He will fire up the audience, hit ‘em with cold hard facts, make clear the case against the socialist, define the risks to our country, and explain why the socialist must be defeated.
Reince was on with Greta last night. He said Palin would have a speaking spot too. He said they are rolling out the program piecemeal and didn’t want to give away the plans.
I thought Palin picked Rice even though Rice is pro-abortion:
I would certainly prefer a presidential and vice presidential candidate who had that respect for all innocent, precious purposeful human life and showed that respect via being a pro-life candidate, she [Palin] said. We need to remember, though, that its not the vice president that would legislate abortion, and that would be Congresss role. And well keep that in mind.
“Reince was on with Greta last night. He said Palin would have a speaking spot too. He said they are rolling out the program piecemeal and didnt want to give away the plans.”
Ok. But how does that allow me to scream bloody murder about the great conspiracy to screw conservatives??
Is there another period of grace for America or is this the end of my beloved country? If so, I believe it is because Jesus is coming very soon. His beloved country will exceed all others including America. We’ll be trading up.
Because she effectively represents the Conservative base and has done more to get TEA Party candidates elected than any of those other losers that the GOP-E is foisting on the convention.
Condi? Jeb Bush? Puh-leeze! Give me a friggin break!
Anyway, wasn't the ABO crowd around here declaring that she had virtually endorsed Romney anyway?
This is OUTRAGEOUS!!! This should be a deal breaker, I have always argued that for the sake of the unborn/Christian values ie The Supreme Court... But now with John Roberts perhaps a lefty, everything is unclear, is he even pro life??
Sarah should be given a key speaking roll, if not The lead roll.
I think Romney has fallen for the Ann Coulter (tramp) line...”The base does not need to be energized” She said that on Sunday, I almost fell off my chair
1) Wish but can't have Palin - she herself and others took her out.
2) Looks like America is reeling from potential knockout blows by the enemy within.
3) Nevertheless, notwithstanding the above, because of what I believe the next thirty years or so holds (I honestly believe we'll have another round of prosperity), I believe that somehow, some way, God by His grace will pull America (and therefore the world) out of the fire - maybe for one last time. This would indicate to me a retreat from socialism and another round of deregulation and cuts in government spending and taxes.
Can't wait to see how it happens. I wait with expectancy and, by His grace, the ability to respond in my part in all this.
(Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin)
I think she should speak.
And I think the trade off is going to be an official endorsement, just like all the others have been willing to do.
Will the decentralized tea parties hold convention(s) or rally(s) somewhere maybe at the same time? Will Palin speak somewhere else?
Or will the tea partiers take over the convention and put in [Palin (I wish)]. Is it possible to pray for Palin to change her mind after seeing that not only her family, but all of our families are at risk?
I wish fat boy Jeb Bush would get lost. George W is doing a good job as quiet ex-president. The last thing the GOP needs is another Bush in the news. Their time has come and gone.
Here is the actual quote:
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus hopes Sarah Palin will speak at the Republican convention in Tampa.
I think a lot of her and hope that she does speak, Priebus told Greta Van Susteren on Fox News on Monday night.
Mary Fallin--don't know/no opinion
Rand Paul--actually has decent ideas. Worth hearing.
Mike Huckabee--Huckster/con man to the core, windbag....yawn
John Kasich--good speaker; has great ideas
Susana Martinez--no opinion/willing to listen to anyone new
John McCain--please spare us...old ideas, no fire in his belly when running against the most openly communist Democrat opponent in history. We don't need anymore go along to get along lamea$$ repubs. Rush Limbaugh was right about this guy.
Rick Scott--don't know... he's welcome if he can deliver Florida
Condoleezza Rice--I guess she has appeal if you are a Mumar Quadaffi type (but he's dead). Personally, I think she's boring.
I didn't see Sara Palin's name. Why isn't she invited to address the convention?
I'm grateful Newt Gingrich is not going to be a speaker. What a self important windbag.
(puppet show gets top billing)
Where is Palin’s name?
Jeb Clampett Bush is going to speak, but not Palin.
Looks like the RINO hall of fame.
>Anybody else feel like a red headed step child?
LOL - I hear ya, dog.
I feel the same way, but I have made up my mind that this election is too important to be concerned with me.
And so I will vote for Mitt without hesitating.
Well, maybe a little hesitation. :)
Romney did Zero to reach the conservative base.
In the past, others gave “lip service”.
Not even lip service from Romulus.
If Romney takes a hard right turn 3 or 4 weeks before the election, it means his internal pols indicate conservatives
will not be turning out en mass and he will be desperate to reach out to them. Maybe he thinks he can win with-out conservatives. We shall see.
Jeb Bush? Really??? I realize he's the former governor of FL, host of the convention, but must we endure Jeb?
A Rand Paul spot was probably secured by his father but he's fairly sharp (less crazy there). It'll be good to hear what he has to say.
And you know this how? Are you an insider, part of the process, because not all of the speakers have been announced.
No, NO! We can't WAIT until we have the facts! We have to attack first! Never mind that Obama, it's Romney who must be defeated!
They already have ONE Fla Gov speaking. Guess Olympia Snowe was booked up.
The GOP convention speaker list is looking more like a freak show, than a serious convention.
We are not alone. Mark Levin was speaking about the line up during his radio show on monday. There is an internal power struggle going on between the republican party “loyalists” aka as the establishment and the Tea Party (patriots). We will not be ignored and Romney better head the rumbling which will only get louder.
Yes. Souces and methods undisclosed.
Thank you for your interest.
They need to add Sarah Palin’s and Rush Limbaugh’s names to that list.
Jeb Bush, like his idiot brother, is going to shill for comprehensive immigration reform and amnesty. And this is the $#*& that the GOP thinks is worthy of a Convention speech.
I have come to despise the Bushes as much as I despise the Democrats.
Jeb was just on FoxNews. One of his comments on Obama made me want to heave.
Jeb, “We’re not denying that Obama took over a bad situation when he came into office, but what did he do about it?”
Jeb, good old buddy, what did you brother do with what he was handed. He had eight fricken years, six of which were with a Republican majority in the House and Senate.
God I wish the Bushes would have the grace to shut the hell up and fade into the record books.
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