Scott gets evening speaking slot at conventionby John Kennedy | August 20th, 2012
Gov. Rick Scott is slated to be among the first speakers on the opening night of next week’s Republican National Convention in Tampa, the party announced Monday.
The convention schedule remains mostly a secret. But GOP Chairman Reince Priebus did unveil the lineup for next Monday’s kickoff, built around the theme “we can do better” and a focus on job creation.
Scott, the self-styled ‘get-to-work’ governor, is penciled-in to speak shortly after 7:45 p.m., coming on after House Speaker John Boehner. The early evening speakers include tea party favorites, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Texas Senate contender Ted Cruz, leading up to Ann Romney, wife of soon-to-be nominee Mitt Romney.
“Americans know we can do better than joblessness, poverty and debt,” Priebus said. “This convention will present our vision for a brighter, better future and it will lay out an optimistic, achievable plan to make it happen.”
Scott should be ready for his almost prime time moment. He told reporters earlier this month he planned to stick to his political playbook.
“What I’m going to talk about is pretty much what I do every day and what I ran on,” Scott said after a Cabinet meeting. “It’s how do we get our state back to work.”