While they have one Hispanic announced so far on the list of speakers for the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla, later this month, party leaders seem to be under no pressure to name a keynote speaker, despite the fact that the Democrats announced their pick — San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro — last week.
Will they or won’t they choose a Hispanic to woo the Latino vote and counter the buzz created by Castro? Who knows? But, already, the first Hispanic speaker for the GOP powwow has been announced on the list released by the Tampa Bay Times late Sunday, later confirmed by Associated Press.
Only one of the seven people on the preliminary agenda is a high-profile Hispanic: New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, the first Hispanic female governor in the country and a one-time potential running mate for presumed presidential nominee Mitt Romney, will address delegates Aug. 27.
She is one of first females elected governors of their states to speak, along with South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley. Also announced already are one-time Romney rivals Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Arizona Sen. John McCain, who ultimately won the 2008 nomination.
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is also scheduled to speak, as are two Tea Party favorites, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who briefly ran for the GOP nomination in 2000, and Florida Gov. Rick Scott.
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Romney is expected to name his vice presidential pick in the days right before the GOP National Convention begins Aug. 27. He starts a multi-city tour of Florida beginning in Jacksonville next Monday, Aug 13, and ending at the Tampa gathering.