Ann Romney expected to kick off GOP convention
August 19th, 2012
11:41 AM ET
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Ann Romney expected to kick off GOP convention

Washington (CNN) – Ann Romney is expected to be named the main headliner to kick off the Republican National Convention – establishing a foundation for the week long GOP effort to rally support for her husband’s presidential campaign.

The announcement is likely to come Monday as part of a bigger rollout of the convention schedule, a Republican source with knowledge of the plan tells CNN. The source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, cautioned that the schedule could change, as the Romney campaign and organizers seek to put the finishing touches on the four day event.

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(In the past week, several speakers have told CNN they received their speaking slots, but were warned not to reveal them because the days and times could change).

Having Ann Romney play a prominent role on the convention’s first night makes sense, as she is widely considered to be one of her husband’s most effective surrogates. It would also create a bookend effect – Ann Romney speaking on the first night, with her husband formally accepting the Republican presidential nomination on the final evening of the convention. This is an important optic as Mitt Romney’s family has played a key messaging role in his presidential campaign.

Another Republican source, who asked not to be named, said that the goal of the convention is “to tell Mitt Romney's story as someone who has the skills and background to turn the nation around.”

With the exception of naming New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as the keynote speaker and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio as the person who will introduce Romney on Thursday night,
RNC officials have only released the names of speakers who will address the convention.

But throughout this coming week, specific details will be unveiled for each convention night, seven days in advance. For example, speakers, times and the theme for the opening night will be released Monday. On Tuesday, similar details will be released for the second day of the convention. This will continue throughout this week.

In a nod to the growing influence and use of mobile devices, organizers will be releasing this daily information on the convention’s official app, Tampa 2012. The Republican convention will convene on August 27 and end with Romney accepting his party’s nomination on August 30.

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soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. The REAL TRUTH...

    There must be a re-run of some old Sanford and Son show happening at that time. Know which one I'll be watching.

    August 19, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  2. Anonymous

    This will most likely be the first time I won't be watching a RNC Convention.
    I have no interest in participating in the duping of America.
    I wonder, too, just where the Mormon Church stands with all the lies
    being generated by their most public parishioner. Surely Mormon
    theology isn't based on lies or the acceptance of lies?

    August 19, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  3. anthony76

    So if family members are off limits.. you might want to keep this one on a leash with a muzzle Mitt. Her snarky, snobby remarks towards 'us people' might actually make her fair game.

    All you middle & lower class red state folks take a good look at women like this... because I'm sure she has your best interest in mind (insert sarcasm).

    August 19, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  4. Four and The Door

    Ann Romney is going to be a marvelous First Lady. She is a proud American and always has been.

    August 19, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  5. ted

    Ann Romney headliner? Really? She is as out of touch as her moron husband, but that does typify the GOP these days. Funny they are going to have her rather than Sara ' half gov of AK' Palin. Both are of the same ilk. losers.

    one of 'you people'

    August 19, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  6. TBS

    Are they going to bring their show horse to the convention? The one that gave them a $70,000.00 tax reduction???

    August 19, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  7. manhandler1

    I think she's the sister of the Governor of Arizona. Hope she doesn't call us "You People."

    August 19, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  8. gord

    like she say why would anyone want to be middle class or poor

    August 19, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  9. Paulcat

    Of course Ann is going to speak at the convention. Only because Michelle is speaking. The Romney's are followers not leaders. But it's another day tomorrow, they may say something esle.

    August 19, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  10. Howard

    @ANONYMOUS ... Ann Romney is an inspiration, and a portrait in courage. She conquered cancer, battled M.S., and raised 5 sons ... while her and Mitt gave millions of dollars to charity. A low life critic, like you, who takes cheap shots regarding her religion, is disgusting. Do everyone a favor, and remain anonymous, anonymous !!!

    August 19, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  11. Dan B

    Yeah because obama has done a great job (insert sarcasm)

    August 19, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  12. bb

    The only house Ann Romney will be moving into come January 2013 is the one with the car elevator.

    August 19, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  13. SEAL Team Alpha and Omega

    Maybe her and her idiot husband will fall off the stage and suffer irreversible brain concussions. That would be a good day.

    August 19, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  14. Joseph

    Princess Ann will whine and stomp her feet if you ask about tax return. When she grins, she shows her gums which looks really horsey.

    August 19, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  15. Milton K. Wiah

    They should first tax returns

    August 19, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  16. pc

    ann is pathetic in her looking down her nose at "you people". she will never be a role model to any woman. she has never had to worry about where the next meal is coming from, whether to take her sick child to school or loose a days pay staying home. she is a horriable woman that thinks she an mittins deserve the white house. i will never vote for such phonies. america deserves better than these tax dodging crooks.

    August 19, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  17. Jesuits to Ryan: "your budget appears to reflect the values of your favority philosopher, Ayn Rand, rather than the Gospel of Jesus Christ".

    How appropriate to have this cow lead the herd of GOP cattle to the slaughter in November.

    August 19, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  18. SafeJourney

    Yep, Americans know exactly what Ann thinks about them with her "You People" remark. Well you know what Ann,
    The American people dont want You People, Ann and Mitt , in the White House.

    August 19, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  19. MaryM

    @Howard, the majority of American women know the difference between doing ALL the work at home for yourself and having a bunch of maids, butlers, drivers and gardeners do the work for you.

    August 19, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  20. trueblue

    You people don't like us because we screwed half the country, but IF we get in office we will get the other half of you people. You people will not find our drug accounts overseas. You people make me sick

    August 19, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  21. MaryM

    @ Anonymous, google lying for the lord. its a mormon thing

    August 19, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  22. ChrisG

    @Howard and four and the. Ann will Never be first lady of the U.S. ,

    August 19, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  23. george of the jungle

    amazes me how Howard and other repos praise Ann and are offended when someone makes a remark but they don't mind making remarks themselves about the first lady as they have done today on another post. Double standard??? Us people are just asking about tax returns that apparently are to complex for us people to comprehend so they won't show us. I didnt know that raising five kids was that much of an accomplishment. Repos are always complaining that poor and ethnic people have to many kids. Hum? Forward. I guess having an affliction is a plus .if only all of us had such good health care we could all run for public office. Forward 2012

    August 19, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  24. 1twinsfan

    Will Mrs. Romney have a whiteboard displaying the Romney tax returns?

    August 19, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  25. TBS

    @ Howard. The only charity the Romneys support is the Mormon Church! If you think there are more charities, then all the Romneys would have to do to prove this is to simply release at least 5 years of tax returns! They won't do it because they are hiding something VERY IMPORTANT that would truly embarass them. It is a travesty that they claimed a $77000.00 tax reduction for their horse! TH=hat is more than most Americans make in a year! The Romneys care NOTHING about the middle class or poor!

    August 19, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
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