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Schedule announced for first day of Republican National Convention

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.

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.

 

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Hope Hodge first covered military issues for the Daily News of Jacksonville, N.C., where her beat included the sprawling Marine Corps base, Camp Lejeune. During her two years at the paper, she received investigative reporting awards for exposing a former Marine who was using faked military awards to embezzle disability pay from the government and for breaking news about the popularity of the designer drug Spice in the ranks. Her work has also appeared in The American Spectator, New York Sun, WORLD Magazine, and The Washington Post. Hodge was born near Boston, Mass., where she grew up as a lover of Revolutionary War history and fall foliage. She also discovered a love of politics and policy as a grassroots volunteer and activist on Beacon Hill. She graduated in 2009 with a degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from The King's College in New York City, where she served as editor-in-chief of her school newspaper and worked as a teaching assistant when not freelancing or using student discounts to see Broadway shows. Hope‚??s email is HHodge@eaglepub.com

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