Olympians, Mormons, hope and change

August 24, 2012

The speakers and themes for each day of the Republican convention are close to being finalized, and the convention is beginning to sound a little, well, hopey and changey.  “We can do better,” “We can change it,” “We believe in America” are the themes for three of the four days, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus announced.

The remaining day will build off Obama’s “you didn’t build that” comment.

Ann Romney, John Boehner, Rand Paul and Mike Huckabee are Monday’s notable speakers, although reports suggest Ann Romney may be bumped to Thursday so that she gets prime time network coverage. (The networks don't plan to cover Monday night’s speakers.) Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) might lose his high-profile speaking slot on Thursday as a result.

Tuesday night will feature a video tribute to Rep. Ron Paul (Tx.), who has no role in the convention despite his steady amassing of delegates.

Tuesday’s live, in-the-flesh speakers include former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who will deliver the convention’s keynote address.

Wednesday is Rep. Paul Ryan’s night. Also appearing: Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Sen. Rob Portman (Ohio), former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

The last night, Thursday, will feature more than a dozen Olympians and a host of Mormons paying tribute to Romney, which is something of a surprise given how assiduously Romney has avoided publicly mentioning his religion.

 At the moment, Rubio is set to introduce Romney, who will be the final speaker of the convention Thursday after accepting the nomination.

 Though this lineup is sure to change, here's how the four days will play out as of now:

 Monday Aug. 27 Convention Schedule

 2:00 pm          

  • Chairman of the RNC Reince Priebus
  • Color Guard
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • National Anthem:  The Oak Ridge Boys
  • Invocation
  • Opening procedural steps, appointment of convention committees
  • Welcoming remarks, and House and Senate candidates and RNC auxiliaries
  • RNC Chairman Priebus
  • RNC Co-Chairman Sharon Day
  • Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn
  • Convention Chief Executive Officer William Harris
  • Chairman of Tampa Bay Host Committee Al Austin
  • Republican Congressional Candidates
  • State Delegate Barbara Comstock (VA)
  • Representative Tim Griffin (AR)
  • Republican Senate Candidates
  • Republican National Committee auxiliaries
  • Consideration of convention committee reports
  • RNC Chairman Reince Priebus
  • Committee on Credentials Chairman Mike Duncan
  • Committee on Permanent Organization Chairwoman Zoraida Fonalledas
  • Convention Permanent Chairman Speaker John Boehner, Presiding
  • Official Convention Photograph
  • Committee on Rules Chairman John Sununu
  • Committee on Resolutions Chairman Governor Bob McDonnell
  • Committee on Resolutions Co-Chairman Senator John Hoeven
  • Committee on Resolutions Co-Chairman Rep. Marsha Blackburn
  • Roll Call for Nomination of President of the United States
  • Roll Call for Nomination of Vice President of the United States

 7:15 p.m.         Recess

 7:45 p.m.         Reconvene

  • Remarks by Speaker John Boehner
  • Remarks by Governor Rick Scott (FL)
  • Remarks by RNC Chairman Reince Priebus
  • Video
  • Remarks by Senator Rand Paul (KY)
  • Various Speakers
  • Remarks by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA)
  • To Be Announced
  • Remarks by Artur Davis and video
  • Remarks by Senate Republican Candidate Ted Cruz (TX)
  • Musical Act
  • Remarks by Governor Nikki Haley (SC)
  • Remarks by Mike Huckabee
  • Remarks by Mrs. Luce’ Vela Fortuno
  • Remarks by Mrs. Ann Romney
  • Benediction by Sammy Rodriguez and adjournment.

 Tuesday, August 28 Convention Schedule

7:30 p.m.

  • Convention convenes
  • Presentation of Colors
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • National Anthem sung by Philip Alongi
  • Invocation
  • Video
  • Remarks by Janine Turner
  • Video and remarks by Mayor Mia Love (Saratoga Springs, UT), U.S. congressional candidate
  • Remarks by former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum
  • Segment to be announced
  • Remarks by U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte (NH), accompanied by Jack Gilchrist
  • Remarks by Governor John Kasich (OH)
  • Video
  • Remarks by Governor Mary Fallin (OK)
  • Video
  • Remarks by Governor Bob McDonnell (VA), accompanied by Bev Gray
  • Remarks by Governor Scott Walker (WI)
  • Video
  • Segment to be announced
  • Remarks by Governor Bobby Jindal (LA)
  • Videos
  • Remarks by Sher Valenzuela (small business owner, candidate for DE Lt. Governor)
  • Remarks by Governor Susana Martinez (NM)
  • Video
  • Remarks by Governor Chris Christie (NJ)
  • Benediction and adjournment

 Wednesday Aug. 29 Convention Schedule

 7:30 p.m.: Call to order

  • Introduction of Colors
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • National Anthem
  • Invocation
  • Remarks by Senate Republican Leader and Convention Temporary Chairman Mitch McConnell (KY)
  • Performance by Beau Davidson
  • Segment to be announced
  • Remarks by Senator John McCain (AZ)
  • Video
  • Remarks by Attorney General Pam Bondi (FL) and Attorney General Sam Olens(GA)
  • Remarks by Senator John Thune (SD)
  • Remarks by Governor Jeb Bush (FL)
  • Remarks by Senator Rob Portman (OH)
  • Remarks by Steve Cohen, Screen Machine
  • Remarks by Governor Luis Fortuño (PR)
  • Remarks by Governor Tim Pawlenty (MN)
  • Remarks by Condoleezza Rice
  • Video
  • Remarks by vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan
  • Benediction by Archbishop Demetrios
  • Adjournment     

            Thursday Aug. 30 convention schedule

         7:30 p.m.

  • Convention convenes
  • Call to order
  • Introduction of Colors
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • National Anthem
  • Invocation
  • Remarks by U.S. Rep. Connie Mack
  • Video
  • Remarks by Bob White, chairman of Romney for President campaign
  • Video
  • Remarks by former Massachusetts Lt. Governor Kerry Healey
  • Video
  • Remarks by Jane Edmonds, former Massachusetts Secretary of Workforce
  • Remarks by U.S. Senator Marco Rubio
  • Remarks by presidential nominee Mitt Romney
  • Benediction
  • Speaker Boehner declares convention adjourned.

 

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