McCain Joins Rice as Featured Speakers at Convention

McCain Joins Rice as Republican Convention Speakers
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, right, and Senator John McCain after a meeting at the State Department in Washington D.C. on April 12, 2007. Photographer: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Senator John McCain, the 2008 Republican nominee for president, and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will be among the featured speakers at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, the party announced in a statement.

Other speakers at the Aug. 27-30 convention, where former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney will officially become the party’s presidential nominee, include Governors Nikki Haley of South Carolina, John Kasich of Ohio, Susana Martinez of New Mexico and Rick Scott of Florida and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.

Absent from the list was New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a frequent Romney surrogate campaigner who is sometimes mentioned by party members as potential vice presidential candidate.

“I have no further clarity on my role, if any,” Christie told reporters today in Middlesex, New Jersey. He said he would be voting for Romney as a delegate and offered to take other assignments “if Governor Romney has some role he wants me to play.”

“He hasn’t asked me yet, and when he asks me I’ll decide whether I can do what he asks or not,” Christie said.

In the news release, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus described the convention speakers as “some of our party’s brightest stars.”

Romney hasn’t named his vice presidential running mate. Along with Christie, the list of possibilities includes former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, Ohio Senator Rob Portman, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal.

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