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Posted at 08:28 AM ET, 08/16/2012

Bob McDonnell among ‘headliners’ at GOP convention

Gov. Robert F. McDonnell will have a key speaking slot at the Republican National Convention.

Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks to Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, left. (JASON REED - REUTERS)
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus announced Thursday that McDonnell will be among six “headliners” addressing the convention, which begins Monday in Tampa.

McDonnell, chairman of the party’s platform committee, was often mentioned as a potential running mate for presidential hopeful Mitt Romney. That’s the case with some of the other speakers, several of whom, like McDonnell, hail from swing states.

In addition to McDonnell, the speakers are: Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire; former Alabama congressman Artur Davis, a former Democrat who endorsed President Obama in 2008 but is joining the Republican Party and supporting Romney; Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal; Rep Connie Mack of Florida; and Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio

“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,” Priebus said in a prepared statement. “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. 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.”

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