Skip to comments.Santorum, Rand Paul, Jeb Bush To Speak at GOP Convention
Posted on 08/07/2012 9:54:52 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Former Sen. Rick Santorum gave Mitt Romney a run for his money during the Republican primaries. In return, Santorum will get a major speaking role at the Republican National Convention, organizers will announce Tuesday. Convention organizers will also announce they are giving major speaking roles to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and Sen. Rand Paul, the son of Rep. Ron Paul, another of Romney's more dogged rivals.
Handing Santorum a prime speaking slot is a hat tip to his underdog presidential campaign. The under-funded, little-known former senator notched a surprising upset in Iowa, where his brand of social conservatism played well among activists. Santorum has been aggressive about wanting a speaking slot. "I have no doubt that we'll have some role at the convention," Santorum told CNN last week in an unusually forward statement.
Picking Paul looks like a particularly elegant solution to what might have been a thorny problem. Ron Paul's campaign didn't gain traction with voters, but his supporters understood party rules better than other campaigns, giving them the opportunity to win delegate seats at county and state party conventions. Had Paul won a majority of just one more delegation, he would have been allowed to be formally nominated for president, which could have been a hurdle for organizers trying to arrange an event that will serve as a Romney coronation.
The four speakers are the second wave of convention headliners to be named by the organizing committee. On Monday, the committee said South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, Arizona Sen. John McCain, Florida Gov. Rick Scott and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice would address the convention.
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Jeb Bush, like his idiot brother, is going to shill for comprehensive immigration reform and amnesty. And this is the $#*& that the GOP thinks is worthy of a Convention speech.
I have come to despise the Bushes as much as I despise the Democrats.
Jeb was just on FoxNews. One of his comments on Obama made me want to heave.
Jeb, “We’re not denying that Obama took over a bad situation when he came into office, but what did he do about it?”
Jeb, good old buddy, what did you brother do with what he was handed. He had eight fricken years, six of which were with a Republican majority in the House and Senate.
God I wish the Bushes would have the grace to shut the hell up and fade into the record books.