Rice, Martinez and Haley to Appear at GOP Convention in Tampa
Nikki Haley, Susana Martinez and Condoleezza Rice all of whom are trailblazing women in the GOP, are at the top of the list of speakers who will appear at this month’s Republican National Convention in Tampa.
The convention is from August 27 to August 30 and also appearing to speak will be John McCain, the 2008 presidential nominee for the party, Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas and current governors Rick Scott from Florida and John Kasich from Ohio.
The speakers were formally announced Monday morning by the Republican National Committee. None of those seven speakers have received the designation as the keynote speaker for the convention, the highest profile slot besides Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney himself and his vice presidential running mate.
Not included in the list of speakers released on Monday were Tim Pawlenty, the former governor of Minnesota, Rob Portman a Senator from Ohio or Bobby Jindal the current governor of Louisiana. All three have been mentioned as possible running mates from Romney.
Reince Priebus, the Chairman of the RNC said the party was excited and proud to have the outstanding leaders addressing the country at the Tampa convention. No times or dates were released for when the speakers would be appearing. Martinez, Haley and Rice are very notable firsts for the Republicans.
Rice was the first African American woman named as Secretary of State, and was mentioned as a possible Romney running mate. That rumor created a buzz, but was quickly shot down by party conservatives because of her mildly pro-choice stance.
Martinez is the first Hispanic woman to be governor of the state of Mexico, and Haley is an Indian American and the first female governor of South Carolina. Both were elected to office in 2010.