More Pro-Life Names added to Speakers at Republican National Convention

By Dave Andrusko

Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus

The headline on the Washington Post story today is “What the Republican convention speakers say about the GOP.” The addition of four more speakers, to the seven unveiled yesterday, may be the source of endless interpretation to the Post but it sends an unmistakable message to our Movement: that is that the August 27-30 Republican convention will be addressed by a phalanx of pro-lifer speakers.

Added to the initial list of names are four more pro-lifers: Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin; former Pennsylvania Senator and presidential candidate Rick Santorum; former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul.

They join current governors John Kasich of Ohio, Rick Scott of Florida, Susana Martinez of New Mexico, and Nikki Haley of South Carolina; former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee; and 2008 GOP presidential nominee Senator John McCain (Az.). The lone exception is former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

When he announced the first batch of speakers on Monday, Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus described them as “some of our party’s brightest stars, who have governed and led effectively and admirably in their respective roles.” The keynote speaker, the individual who will garner the most attention, will be named closer to the beginning of the four-day event.

Of course, the closer we come to the convention, the most intense is the speculation about who pro-life former Gov. Mitt Romney will choose as his running mate. Names commonly mentioned include former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, ,Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.

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