Santorum, Bush, Paul to speak at GOP convention
August 7th, 2012
07:20 AM ET
2 years ago

Santorum, Bush, Paul to speak at GOP convention

(CNN) - Rick Santorum, who emerged as Mitt Romney's fiercest competitor for the Republican presidential nomination, will speak at the Republican National Convention, a senior GOP official tells CNN.

The former Pennsylvania senator is one of four Republicans including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, who will be announced Tuesday as primetime convention speakers. They join seven others who Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus announced Monday would address the convention.

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Santorum will be Romney's first rival for the GOP nomination to be named as a speaker at the convention, which will be held in Tampa later this month.

Santorum, whose shoe string nomination run was fueled by conservative support, never developed a close personal or political relationship with Romney following the primary. Giving Santorum a primetime speaking role may help quell speculation about animosity that exists between the two men.

Paul is the son of retiring Texas Rep. Ron Paul, who also unsuccessfully sought the GOP nomination. The Kentucky senator is well regarded by tea party activists and will likely inherit his father's political machine that is comprised of an eclectic group of anti-government, young, libertarian minded activists. Sen. Paul is said to be looking at running for president in 2016 if Romney loses in November. It is unclear if Rep. Paul will also speak at the convention.

Bush, a popular former Florida governor, is the son of former President George H.W. Bush and brother of former President G.W. Bush. He passed on a chance to run for president, himself, and drew buzz as a possible vice presidential running mate for Romney earlier this year.

Fallin is a former congresswoman, who was elected governor in 2010.

Exact days and times for each speaker will not be released by the RNC at this time.

soundoff (64 Responses)
  1. g

    deregulate,privatize everthing.war with iran .get rid of social security,medicaid,medicare ,welfare.food stamps all social programs temporary,never to return to pay for it –obama bad

    August 7, 2012 06:49 am at 6:49 am |
  2. n

    Where are those tax returns?

    August 7, 2012 06:49 am at 6:49 am |
  3. n

    Where are those taxes?
    Romney you have yet to answer to a lot of conflicting claims and issues concerning your professional life as a business man and politician that are very disconcerting. And it behoves me to the point that I am compelled to pose the question as to why half of this country and news media seem to turn a blind eye to getting to the bottom of the old bait and switch game. From congress to the so called journalist, no one seem to be doing their jobs. This country is going to the dogs and we the people are being taken for a car ride on the roof tops of lies locked in a cage.

    August 7, 2012 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  4. TomInRochNY

    Why aren't they having either former president speak? Why not gain the support of the two members of the Bush family to make it to the WH? Because they screwed this country with their policies and Romney is pushing those same policies. No one wants to be reminded of their failures I guess.

    August 7, 2012 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  5. Please Grow Up

    The famed mysterious Elephant Graveyard of legend has been located in Tampa.

    August 7, 2012 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  6. JD

    They should make Jeb Bush and Sarah Palin VP's together, that way they could look for WMD in Russia and maybe send us to an even worst economy then his brother did.

    August 7, 2012 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  7. Patrick Lewis

    What? No Palin? They need a little comic relief in that lineup.

    August 7, 2012 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  8. Too Much

    Rand Paul is a poor replacement for Ron Paul. An establishment figure in training....

    August 7, 2012 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  9. ThinkerNJ

    Santorum, Bush and Paul? But then they're missing Shemp...

    August 7, 2012 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  10. exrepublican

    I guess Santorum is going to get up and say a lot of wonderful things about Romney, just like he did while campaigning against him. And all the GOPers listening to his speech will get a warm fuzzy feeling from all the kind words and acknowledgements. Yes I can't wait to hear this one!

    August 7, 2012 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  11. jane

    Rand Paul doesn't care how the GOP is treating his father....Rand you are nothing but an opprotunist...Simply trying to make a name for yourself....You only rose to stardom because of your FATHER!!!

    August 7, 2012 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  12. Sadie Boyd

    Rand Paul? How insulting to his father! That child was a botched abortion!

    August 7, 2012 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  13. Peace

    The more they release the list of speakers at their convention, the more we learn who is out from the VP list.

    August 7, 2012 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  14. pinko

    Cant wait to see Santorum in his white hood.

    August 7, 2012 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  15. Mike S.

    It sounds like a fossil collection.

    August 7, 2012 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  16. John

    Oh!!! That will be the most exciting thing in years. NOT

    August 7, 2012 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  17. Bart

    Where's Trump? I thought thet really wanted him.

    August 7, 2012 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  18. trex

    .........Bush, Paul, and Santorum..................................either a 1% law firm, or the ... NEW ... 3 STOOGES...........

    August 7, 2012 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  19. Tom

    What can the GOP tells about themselves that we all don’t already know? The GOP is mostly defined by the upper 5% of Americans. And their past and current actions confirm that. Sorry guys, your agendas are not in sync with the majority of us. And the larger the wealth gap gets the further away you get from reality that most Americans are facing today. This party is a dead stick, its Americans past! It leaves us with the failed experiments of trickledown economics and unchecked open trade! These are the nails for this party’s coffin! Go home rich boys, the party is over!

    August 7, 2012 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  20. ChiTownArkie

    Oh boy! Moe, Larry, and Curly back together again. Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk.

    August 7, 2012 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  21. Eddie The Barber

    Great – let's hear from all the nut cases – how about Herman Caine & Michelle Backman – please don't leave them out.

    August 7, 2012 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  22. nolimits3333

    What?

    No Michelle Bachman?

    August 7, 2012 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  23. Confused Reader

    Santorum, Bush, Paul to speak at GOP convention - I think your headlines should be a little less deceiving as George W. Bush and Ron Paul are NOT the focus of this article.

    August 7, 2012 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  24. Seth Koch

    No, Rand Paul won't inherit his father's support because he's a slimy politician who's working with the devil.

    August 7, 2012 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  25. Wake up people

    What are you going to say now Ricky? Were you telling the truth before or are you telling it now? I bet they had to promise Ricky something big for this. But then again probably not. Rick is one of them that hates President Obama so he would endorse Lucifer to get the POTUS out of the White House.

    OBAMA 2012!

    I wonder where Grinchy is?

    August 7, 2012 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
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