Rubio keeps key speaking slot
August 24th, 2012
06:34 PM ET
2 years ago

Rubio keeps key speaking slot

Tampa, Florida (CNN) – Ann Romney will speak Tuesday evening at the Republican National Convention, a move designed to ensure a larger audience watches her prime time speech during the four day event that will culminate in her husband accepting the GOP nomination.

Ann Romney was originally scheduled to speak Monday - headlining the first day of the convention and creating a bookend effect with her husband. But the broadcast networks decided not to carry the first night of the convention, forcing the Romney campaign to scramble and find another night to showcase Ann Romney.

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One idea that was seriously considered was moving Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida from his prime speaking slot Thursday right where he would introduce Mitt Romney.

This shocked some of Rubio's supporters in this very important battleground state, and such a move could have created a headache for Romney with Latino voters.

"Sen. Rubio was incredibly gracious to offer his speaking slot to Mrs. Romney, and we thank him for his kind offer," Romney campaign manager Matt Rhoades said in a statement. "However, he will remain the last speaker in primetime on Thursday night before Gov. Romney accepts the nomination. In many ways, Sen. Rubio represents the future of the Republican Party and we can think of no better person to introduce Gov. Romney on this important night."

Ann Romney will address the convention before New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who will remain as the convention's keynote speaker.

Rubio, a Cuban American, is well regarded by Florida Republicans, specifically Cubans in South Florida – who are considered a key constituency in Romney's bid to win Florida. Cuban Americans traditionally vote Republican and many view Rubio as a future presidential candidate himself.

Ann Romney is considered by many people to be one of her husband's strongest surrogates because she helps to soften up his image as a calculated businessman.

While the broadcast networks will not air the first evening of the convention, they do plan limited coverage of the remaining three days. CNN will run live primetime coverage all four days.

– CNN's Gregory Wallace contributed to this report

soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. warren

    what? Who cares. Obama has won.

    August 24, 2012 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  2. DENNA

    Yeah, like Rethugs actually like hispanics. Ask Jan Brewer of Arizona.

    August 24, 2012 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  3. carlos

    watching the US Open will be more exciting than watching peroxide anne or for that matter the convention of the misfits, liars and extremely nauseating. "simple minded people", the repugnants.

    August 24, 2012 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  4. carlos

    and they wanted to throw the ruby under the bus for her????????wow....not nice UGH.

    August 24, 2012 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  5. GOLDEN WOLF

    It is beyond my comprehension how anyone might consider Mr. FLIP FLOPPER.

    August 24, 2012 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  6. DRAKE MALLARD

    cuban medicare fraud and marco rubio is silent about

    South Florida is known as the capital of Medicare fraud,

    Feds in Miami: Millions stolen from Medicare wound up in Cuban banking system In an unprecedented case, federal prosecutors have charged a Miami man with engaging in a massive money laundering scheme that moved millions stolen from the federal Medicare program into Cuban banks.

    I want to protect Medicare. I want to save it," Rubio told CNN.
    "It's going bankrupt. And so the only way to save it is to come up
    with a solution that allows our parents and our grandparents to see
    absolutely no changes to their Medicare," Rubio added.

    what a joke

    when will Rubio start working for jobs in Florida ??? he should stop campaigning and vacationing and self promoting his book on our Florida time and get to work !!!

    August 24, 2012 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  7. justiceinamerica

    If Republicans and Democrats do not battle the immigration reform among Hispanics voters most likely that party who turns away from them will lose the election!

    August 24, 2012 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  8. Namejkane fl SEND THE THREE TIME LOSER romney HOME AND MAKE IT FOUR.

    Who cares ,rebio the goof with the open Rnc card charged to the max ,who cares. If he's s thief ,the Gop bafoon party is runing sromney the tax cheat. For president ,da!!!!!

    August 24, 2012 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  9. Mike

    Score one for the GOP. When they could have shot themselves in the foot by replacing the home town hero with the candidate's wife, they blinked. I honestly started reading this story expecting the GOP to do something else really stupid, but I guess they still have till Thursday to deport Rubio to prove they have an immigration plan.

    August 25, 2012 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  10. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Can this guy get any more boring?

    August 25, 2012 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  11. democratusa

    Hopefully ISAAC will be the keynote speaker

    August 25, 2012 02:32 am at 2:32 am |
  12. lulu v

    please no more obama

    August 25, 2012 04:27 am at 4:27 am |
  13. If You Can't Sell Your-Self

    Poor Ann Romney, as usual wearing the "Pants" in the family...... Nothing against you Mr. Romney, but if you want to be Commander-in-Chief then answer these questions Please:

    Why did you Avoid the Draft during the Vietnam War by going to Paris to do "Missionary Work" ?
    Yet.... Why did you Demonstrate with your Friends FOR the DRAFT and Avoided the Vietnam War Draft?
    Yet.... Why are You SOO Ready to Take the Country INTO Another War (Iran)?
    Why do you want to Increase Military Spending at a TIME when YOU Should be INVESTING in the AMERICAN PEOPLE?

    Just Your Average Voter wanting a Few Questions Answered......

    August 25, 2012 04:31 am at 4:31 am |
  14. Walt

    ANGRY ANN-toinette needs as much "softening" as alexithymic Mitt.

    August 25, 2012 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  15. jesse james. take them to street and shoot them like the dogs they are

    Let the horse speak. As a tax payer i demand it. I pay for the up keep of that animal. And horse please release the tax returns.

    August 25, 2012 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  16. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

    Senator Rubio's appearance is a powerful influence for Romney.
    Democrats must remember that almost all Republicans always vote: Romney might win the election just because many Democrats do not understand the importance of getting to the voting booth, even in the rain.

    August 25, 2012 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  17. Mark Yelka

    Extravagant waste of money while many Americans go wanting and hungry.

    August 25, 2012 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  18. rker321

    Someone outthere must think that all Cubans and Cuban Americans are either fools or senile. We supporting Rubio? Rubio the guy that lied about being a Cuban refugee in this book.? The guy that was cought with his hands on the till dufing his candidacy? The guy that most of his colleages love in the Florida legislation?
    Please, get real.

    August 25, 2012 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  19. Miki801

    If Rubio was, "gracious to offer his speaking slot to Ann Romney", it shows an amazing bending over to the top of ticket. Rubio's support would offer more of a boast to Romney than the loyalty of his wife. The voters certainly expect Romney's wife to think he's a super candidate, or at least say that. Rubio, with his support, brings some latino voters to the booth. Rubio would be a fool to give up his prime spot, and the handlers were fools to ask him.

    August 25, 2012 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  20. Notadolt

    Romney says he won't raise taxes on middle class, but that's what Republican Michigan governor Rick Snyder and his Republican legislature said BEFORE election. Once in, they imposed high new taxes on retired pensioners on fixed incomes while giving new tax breaks to rich. Even lifelong Republicans now say buyer beware of this product.

    August 25, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  21. M

    Ann Romney is using any means necessary to become Flotus. That's how bad she wants it.

    August 25, 2012 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  22. enuff

    Oh gee... nothing like 4 days of continuous blowhards patting themselves on the back. Who needs to worry about hurricanes? They will create enough hot air, it will create a catagory 5 storm on its own. I say the same for democrats.

    August 25, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
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