Tampa, Florida (CNN) - The Mitt Romney campaign is considering a dramatic scheduling change for the GOP convention to guarantee his wife, Ann, a much larger national audience – but the shift could also cause tensions with a rising GOP star and Latinos, CNN has learned.
If Ann Romney is moved to Thursday night, she would introduce her husband and bump Sen. Marco Rubio from that role. GOP sources confirm such a move is under consideration but stress, like many other convention scheduling questions, no final decision has been made.
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Initially, there had been talk of moving Ann Romney from Monday to Tuesday, which could overshadow or compete with the keynote address of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. If the Ann Romney to Thursday shift is made, one of the sources told CNN Rubio likely would slide back to Tuesday, which has some of his advisers upset.
The Romney campaign is contemplating this move, because the broadcast networks have no plans to air the opening night of the convention, which Ann Romney is scheduled to headline. Those networks do plan limited coverage of the remaining three days.
A Romney campaign spokeswoman declined to discuss any hypothetical scheduling moves.
Ann Romney is considered by many people to be one of her husband's strongest surrogates by helping to soften up his image as a calculated businessman.
But the move could also create problems for Romney with Latino voters – specifically Cubans in South Florida – who are considered a key constituency in helping Romney in his bid to win Florida. Cuban Americans traditionally vote Republican and many view Rubio as a future presidential candidate himself.