The RNC has released the speakers for the Wednesday and Thursday night portions of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida next week. The roundup of Monday and Tuesday night speakers can be found here
. Tuesday night seems to be the "must watch" night for me, personally.
Wednesday, August 29th
Wednesday night might actually be the most ho-hum night, but the last hour will certainly be must-watch TV. Dr. Condoleezza Rice
has delivered some excellent speeches this year in support of Republican and grassroots candidates. Politics is rare territory for her, but it seems to be a role she has finally embraced. She will be the lead-in for Paul Ryan's
vice-presidential acceptance speech. Puerto Rican Governor Luis Fortuņo is also speaking on Wednesday night, rounding out the highlights for conservatives. Also speaking will be John McCain, Rob Portman, Jeb Bush, and Tim Pawlenty. Yes, I almost fell asleep just typing that last sentence (I kid, I kid!). The full list of Wednesday speakers is here
Thursday, August 30th
Thursday will obviously be all about Mitt Romney
as he accepts the GOP nomination for president. It will be Romney's first real introduction to the American people, as up until now he has been defined mostly by word-of-mouth, television commercials, and news soundbites. Marco Rubio will introduce him and will be the only other major player on the night. The other speakers will mostly set the stage and help define Romney's tenure as Governor. Former Massachusetts Lt. Governor Kerrey Healey and Jane Edmonds (Dept. of Workforce) will tackle that task. The Thursday Speakers are here
Finally, the RNC announced a handful of other speakers that will be sprinkled throughout the 4-day convention. A load of current congressman and possibly future congresspersons will be featured as the future of the party. Most of these speakers are tea-party favorites and the Republican Party is at least smart enough to realize where the party is headed. US Reps Tim Scott, Sean Duffy, Quico Canseco, Jason Chaffetz, and Dan Benishek will be featured alongside almost a dozen other 2012 congressional candidates who hope to join them in the US Congress as the class of 2013.