This just in: Ann Romney, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley are all on the roster of speakers for the first night of the RNC in Tampa, Fla. next week.
Though the convention gets an official kick-off on Sunday, the business really starts on Monday.
According to a full schedule released Monday afternoon, an evening keynote session, kicking off at 7:45p.m., will star more than a dozen conservative heavy hitters, including Florida Gov. Rick Scott, RNC chairman Reince Priebus, and Arkansas governor-turned-pundit Mike Huckabee, in addition to the GOP notables listed above.
While Romney’s billing as potential future first lady may yield her the most attention, it’s also notable that Tea Party icons Paul and Haley will also help to kick the convention off. Even before Republican presumptive nominee Mitt Romney chose congressional budget hawk Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) for his running mate, many have speculated that top billing of Tea Party leaders at the convention may help cement the movement’s place at the core of the Republican party.
The schedules for the rest of the convention days are due out later this week.