Seven of the Republican Party's "brightest stars" were announced Monday as speakers at the 2012 National Convention, but some of whom are rumored to be vice presidential contenders didn't make the list (as yet).
The Republican National Convention will be held Aug. 27 to 30 in Tampa, Florida. Presumptive GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney is expected to accept the party's nomination as the event. When he announces his pick for vice president, that running mate may also get a prime talking spot at the convention.
Three of the party's top female figures and some former presidential contenders made the cut.
Among the first names released are:
- New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, the first Latina governor in the country;
- South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, the first woman to serve as governor of her state and also the youngest sitting governor in the country.
- Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who was rumored to be a possible running mate for Romney, but has said she has no interest in the position. Rice is also the first black female to hold the secretary of state position;
- Former presidential candidate Sen. John McCain and his 2008 rival for the nomination, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, are slated to speak;
- Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who ran for the GOP nomination in 2000;
- Florida Gov. Rick Scott.
"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," Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus told the Tampa Bay Times.
The convention's keynote speaker is yet to be announced. Thhe names released Monday didn't include potential vice president contenders. At this point, they are considered to be former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte, Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.