Our Tampa Bay Times friends note the names of seven headliners at the Republican National Convention in Tampa: Florida Gov. Rick Scott, Sen. John McCain, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez.
The keynote speaker and others will be named closer to the Aug. 27-30 event, Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus said in announcing the headliners, whom he called "some of our party's brightest stars, who have governed and led effectively and admirably in their respective roles."
It's a no-brainer that Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a vice-presidential shortlister, is in contention for the keynoter post. The GOP faithful love him, he's Hispanic, he's a solid speaker and this is his home state. But who knows? Romney might not pick him as a running mate (which is just fine for fearful Democrats) and they might want to downplay Rubio. Of course, the opposite could be true.