Tea party candidate to receive prime RNC speaking slot
August 8th, 2012
06:34 AM ET
11 years ago

Tea party candidate to receive prime RNC speaking slot

(CNN) - Ted Cruz, who defeated an establishment backed candidate in last week's Texas Republican Senate primary, will receive a key speaking slot at the Republican National Convention, a senior GOP official confirms to CNN.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus will put out a press release Wednesday announcing that Cruz and four other elected officials including Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, Puerto Rico Gov. Luis Fortuño and Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens will address the convention.

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Cruz, a former state solicitor general, defeated Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in the Texas GOP primary runoff. Dewhurst had the support of Gov. Rick Perry, among others, while Cruz had the backing of tea party activists and conservatives such as Sarah Palin and Sen. Jim DeMint, R-South Carolina. Cruz is expected to win the general election in November to replace fellow Republican, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.

Walker beat back an effort by Democrats and party allies to recall him in June. His victory has been a rallying cry for Republicans heading into the November elections.

Earlier this week, Priebus named several other Republicans as speakers for the convention including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.

Convention officials have not yet named the keynote speaker or provided details such as the date and time when each person will speak.

Filed under: 2012 • Reince Priebus • Republican National Convention • RNC • Scott Walker • Tea Party
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Marie MD

    The governor of Puerto Rico is not going to get you the Hispanic votes. bondi who? who from GA?
    And, last but not least the let's cut the pay and pensions of public servants but wait, there's a shooting at a temple send in the police to do their job (and they did!), WI walker.
    As far as cruz, his cross (Spanish for cruz) to bear is the same idiots who "supported" him and are now taking credit, as always, for their "efforts".

    August 8, 2012 06:48 am at 6:48 am |
  2. www.TopTheNews.com

    Good for the RNC, ignore your base...

    August 8, 2012 06:49 am at 6:49 am |
  3. johnmenacherjr

    WOW like watching cow manure sliding off a bad truck and of course not being cleaned up The republican Tea Party rides again financed by those dark and sicko Koch bros. looking to reveve the 50's hate list of "ENEMIES" Two nut bags from Wisocnsin cuortesy of the twins, and a bunch of holier than anything wanna bes, A moron bishop and fancy underwear a dancing horse too. Can anyone beat this extravaganza of lies and deciet come one come all!!!
    ... And whatch out for your wallett after all middle calss they have decided that YOU have caused this mess! Even Satan loves this show.

    August 8, 2012 06:56 am at 6:56 am |
  4. PTBarnumboy

    I bet that will make the Koch brothers happy.

    August 8, 2012 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  5. don

    that giant sucking sound yo uhear is Mitt pleasing the tea party.

    August 8, 2012 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  6. Larry L

    The Republicans are now controlled by fearful, under-educated, low-information, bigoted, right-wing, radicals. They offer independent voters absolutely nothing.

    August 8, 2012 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  7. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It seems like the "tea party" has been bought up by the Republicans. That is unless they were just a group formed by the Republicans just to show that "they are for the little people" as well.

    August 8, 2012 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  8. rebound

    I watched this guy on CSPAN the other day and was floored by
    his lack of intellectual prowess and handle on the issues.
    His answers to some pretty basic questions seemed hard for
    him to verbalize. Alot of the "economy is in trouble and we
    need to fix it" stuff. I kept waiting for something of substance
    and it never came. I turned the channel...

    August 8, 2012 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  9. Jim in PA

    Please, stop using the phrase "Tea Party" as if it is anything other than the extreme right wing of the GOP. It's a simple re-branding exercise. These people always have been and always will be GOP operatives.

    August 8, 2012 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  10. Common Sense

    Where are the invites for Trump and Palin – both claim that the Republicans want them to speak?

    August 8, 2012 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  11. tom

    Sure would be nice to see Romney name Condie for the VP slot.

    August 8, 2012 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  12. 2tor

    Those danged Tea Party extremeist., waving American flags, and signing patriotic songs, and wanting fiscal responsibility... How can this be?

    August 8, 2012 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  13. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    You can say whatever you want to say at the RNC but make no misteke, Jim Crow is dead.

    August 8, 2012 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  14. Jrh

    More proof of how the GOP is quickly making itsel irrelevant in mainstream American politics.

    August 8, 2012 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  15. Vader

    If I'm a Republican (and I am an Independent who has voted Republican in the past), I would be afraid... very afraid. The Tea Party has just about completed the co-opting of the GOP. The transformation from what was a thoughtful, reasoned political view to a reactionary, big money/Koch brothers driven mentality bent on destroying the federal government is now a fait accompli.

    As ye sow, so shall re reap.

    August 8, 2012 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  16. Jack

    The GOP goes further off the rails........

    August 8, 2012 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  17. John

    And this Is way People are leaving the Republican Party Is because of the TEA PARTY. Is the GOP that worry about the Tea Party they keep letting the TEA Party wall all over them. The only Thing that will bring back the Republican Party I use to be-leave In Is for them to distance them self from the TEA PARTY. If not Me and a lot of other people will never be a Republican again, or will I will vote Republican again.

    August 8, 2012 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  18. independent

    The Scott Walker move is to tell the Country that after November, the GOTP will be going after public sector jobs and union rights across the country.

    August 8, 2012 08:05 am at 8:05 am |