Rick Scott lands speaking gig at GOP convention; McCain, Huck, Condi on early listby George Bennett | August 6th, 2012
As the Republican governor of a crucial swing state that’s hosting the convention, Scott’s inclusion is to be expected. But Scott’s consistent underwater approval ratings and the fact that he hasn’t appeared at any events with Mitt Romney have raised questions about how prominent a role he’ll play when the GOP showcases itself to a national audience.
The GOP announced a first wave of speakers today, including 2008 presidential nominee John McCain, former Secretary of State and potential VP selection Condoleezza Rice, rising-star Govs. Nikki Haley of South Carolina and Susana Martinez of New Mexico, swing-state Ohio Gov. John Kasich and former Arkansas Gov./2008 GOP presidential candidate/TV personality/Chick-fil-A appreciator Mike Huckabee.
“We are proud and excited to announce these outstanding leaders will address the nation during our convention in Tampa,” said Republican National Committee Chairman Reince 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.”