A number of prominent Republicans that were thought to be on Mitt Romney's short-list of potential vice presidential candidates were announced as speakers at the upcoming GOP convention on Thursday along with a former supporter of President Barack Obama.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus announced that Senators Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, and Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell will all being among the headliners addressing the Republican National Convention.
All four were reportedly considered for the spot as Romney's running mate, which was recently awarded to Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan.
Priebus said the speakers will also include Rep. Connie Mack, R-Fla., who won the Republican nomination for the Florida Senate race on Tuesday, and former Democratic Rep. Artur Davis, D-Ala.
Davis was an early supporter of President Obama in 2008 and seconded the president's official nomination at the Democratic National Convention. However, he recently jumped to the Republican Party and endorsed Romney.
Priebus said, "This exciting group of headliners includes two successful governors, two outstanding senators, the next senator from our convention state, and a former Co-Chairman of the 2008 Obama campaign."
"The perspectives and ideas they bring to the convention stage will show all Americans that Romney and Ryan are the ticket to a better future," he added. "Former Congressman Davis especially will give voice to the frustration and disappointment felt among those who supported President Obama in 2008 and are now hungry for a new direction."
Earlier this week, Priebus announced that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will deliver the keynote speech at the convention, which is being held in Tampa, Florida.
by RTT Staff Writer
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