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The Romney campaign announced late Friday that Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) will keep his coveted speaking spot at the Republican Nation Convention Thursday night, when he is set to introduce Mitt Romney as the party's presidential nominee.

Earlier the Tampa Bay Times had reported that  because the television networks are not covering the Republican National Convention Monday night, when Ann Romney is supposed to speak, Rubio might be the big loser.

The Romney campaign said Ann Romney will now be speaking on Tuesday night. Romney campaign manager Matt Rhoades said in a statement late Friday:

         “Sen. Rubio was incredibly gracious to offer his speaking slot to Mrs. Romney, and we thank him for his kind offer. However, he will remain the last speaker in primetime on Thursday night before Gov. Romney accepts the nomination. In many ways, Sen. Rubio represents the future of the Republican Party and we can think of no better person to introduce Gov. Romney on this important night.”