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. Kyle

    I'm sorry, but they should throw Santorum off the back of a truck outside the convention and tell him to go find another party.
    I have never seen such a sore, immature loser in my life.

    August 7, 2012 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  2. nightsong

    Well this is good and I hope several of the others will speak also. It should be a inspiring event.

    August 7, 2012 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  3. ll

    Snooze fest in the making.

    August 7, 2012 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  4. JoeFL

    Interesting...not even a whisper of W...

    August 7, 2012 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  5. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    And what will the talk about? How to continue dividing the country and how to continue 8 years of failed and misguided republican policies? Let's face it, you people had your chance for 8 years and all you did was bring heartache, sadness, pain and sorrow to the American people and the world. let's face it, you people are not the answer to economic growth, peace and prosperity...no, you are the problem.

    August 7, 2012 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  6. Me IN HOUSTON

    When I read the headline I thought "WOW, Ron Paul is going to speak at the GOtP convention" and then I found out it was his crazier more racist son Rand Paul...SO disappointing

    August 7, 2012 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  7. d

    When he gets there, arrest him. Send the liar to prison for life and throw away the key- part of the establishment responsible for the destruction of sovereign nations, the murderer of millions. And after you arrest him, lock up the rest of the past and current terrorist administration, because if it wasn't for corrupt U.S. foreign policy, there would be no war.

    August 7, 2012 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  8. Ted Davenport

    If Ron Paul speaks at the Convention Obama is toast, because Ron Paul got so many votes in the primaries.
    (Sarcasm)

    August 7, 2012 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  9. Willie K.

    Oh, great. Rant Paul is speaking. So Kentucky gets to be embarrassed on national television that night. Just remember, people, he is not a native Kentuckian. He just married and moved here, then rode a great wave of ignorance to office. He's what we call "One and Done" when his first and only term is over. Presidential candidate? Methinks not.

    August 7, 2012 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  10. Indy

    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.

    Now that is a whole lot of hate in one building !!!! Wow it will be warm in there !

    August 7, 2012 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  11. russ

    looking forward to a frothy speech from Santorum

    August 7, 2012 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  12. Kris

    Ron Paul supporters are eclectic and anti-government?
    What a farce, they're by and large for small, non-intrusive, and fiscally responsible government. Why are these ideas so foreign to the Republican party these days? The BS continues against the RP supporters.

    August 7, 2012 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  13. advocatusdiaboli

    Thankfully, Sarah Palin's ignorance will not be on prime time display this convention. Good move GOP.

    August 7, 2012 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  14. matt

    Thank god the jeebus freaks will finally get a chance to speak, they do so suffer in silence!

    August 7, 2012 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  15. Jim

    RP anti-government?
    And the lies continue against him and his supporters.

    August 7, 2012 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  16. Mike TemplewindUSA

    After what was done to Ron Paul, I couldn't care less.

    August 7, 2012 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  17. us_1776

    The GOP aka American Taliban are preparing their $100 million dollar convention in Tampa.

    They have more security than one of their SuperMAX outsourced prisons.

    They have their whole platform of bigotry, hatred and greed carefully concealed in "doublespeak".

    They have the obligatory warmongers who will extol the virtues of bankrupting the nation so that we can "win" something or other conflict that we will start.

    They have robotic token "Stepford Wives" obedient women ready to speak on the virues of being subjugated.

    They have their token "black folk" who are paid handsomely to extol the virtues of the GOP party of bigotry and hatred.

    Yes, folks, it should be a good laugh.

    .

    August 7, 2012 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  18. SurRy

    Santorum, Bush and Paul. They hate rMoney more than rMoney hates them. Trotting out this bunch to pander to the Bush apologists, Santorum flat-earthers and Paul racists. Pathetic.

    August 7, 2012 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
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    August 7, 2012 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  20. clarinet

    As a conservative from Pennsylvania I plead, please, Rick Santorum, go away.

    August 7, 2012 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  21. Jake

    If you're going to have a circus, make sure it's a three-four ring circus with all the characters that make a circus a show of buffonery. What a bunch of sorry losers this Republican Party has become. They represent the worst of America, not the best.

    August 7, 2012 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  22. Michael

    WHO CARES! These repuglicans extemist obstructionist, who are king of the fillibuster and "DOING NOTHING," for 4 years, but trying to make sure President Obama is a one term President! This despite of our countries woes economically, joblessness, housing, long and short term fiscal deficits! If this is "patriotism and love of country give me socialism!" Repuglicans are like a terror extremist group who goes after the weak, defenseless, using religion as a incendiary prop for its platform justification and ideology! American people and the media is at fault for this malarchy!

    August 7, 2012 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  23. BLKMANinAmerica

    Should read "they gather to spu their LIES".

    August 7, 2012 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  24. Rosslaw

    Where's "W"? If Mittens is going to double down on his policies, the least Mittens can do is have "W" inspire the flat earthers at the convention.

    August 7, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  25. joel

    is there anything worse than an announcement, announcing when the announcement will be? were doomed

    August 7, 2012 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
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