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Gov. Scott, Buckhorn, Al Austin to speak at first day of RNC

Posted Aug 20, 2012 by Dennis Joyce

Updated Aug 20, 2012 at 04:04 PM

Mayor Bob Buckhorn, GOP fundraiser Al Austin of Tampa, and Gov. Rick Scott are scheduled to speak on the first day of the Republican National Convention on Monday, Aug. 27.

Buckhorn and Austin are listed near the start of the afternoon session at 2:15 p.m., the only early session during the four-day gathering. Scott is listed during the evening session, which starts at 7:30 p.m.

The schedule was released today by Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus. He also announced that the theme of the convention’s first night will be “We Can Do Better.”

“Americans know we can do better than joblessness, poverty and debt,” said Priebus.  “This convention will present our vision for a brighter, better future and it will lay out an optimistic, achievable plan to make it happen.”

“Probably no four words could better sum up the conclusion that is shared by millions of Americans as they look back on the past four years,” said Convention CEO William Harris.  “We can do better than this, and the country knows it.”

Featured speakers for Monday include Ann Romney. Here is the complete list for Monday:

2:00 pm   Chairman of the RNC Reince Priebus
          Color Guard
          Pledge of Allegiance
          National Anthem:  The Oak Ridge Boys
          Invocation
          Opening procedural steps, appointment of convention committees
          Welcoming remarks, and House and Senate candidates and RNC auxiliaries
          RNC Chairman Priebus
          RNC Co-Chairman Sharon Day
          Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn
          Convention Chief Executive Officer William Harris
          Chairman of Tampa Bay Host Committee Al Austin
          Republican Congressional Candidates
          State Delegate Barbara Comstock (VA)
          Representative Tim Griffin (AR)
          Republican Senate Candidates
          Republican National Committee auxiliaries
          Consideration of convention committee reports
          RNC Chairman Reince Priebus
          Committee on Credentials Chairman Mike Duncan
          Committee on Permanent Organization Chairwoman Zoraida Fonalledas
          Convention Permanent Chairman Speaker John Boehner, Presiding
          Official Convention Photograph
          Committee on Rules Chairman John Sununu
          Committee on Resolutions Chairman Governor Bob McDonnell
          Committee on Resolutions Co-Chairman Senator John Hoeven
          Committee on Resolutions Co-Chairman Rep. Marsha Blackburn
          Roll Call for Nomination of President of the United States
          Roll Call for Nomination of Vice President of the United States

7:15 p.m. Recess

7:45 p.m.  Reconvene
          Remarks by Speaker John Boehner
          Remarks by Governor Rick Scott (FL)
          Remarks by RNC Chairman Reince Priebus
          Video
          Remarks by Senator Rand Paul (KY)
          Various Speakers
          Remarks by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA)
          To Be Announced
          Remarks by Artur Davis and video
          Remarks by Senate Republican Candidate Ted Cruz (TX)
          Musical Act
          Remarks by Governor Nikki Haley (SC)
          Remarks by Mike Huckabee
          Remarks by Mrs. Luce’ Vela Fortuno
          Remarks by Mrs. Ann Romney
          Benediction by Sammy Rodriguez and adjournment.

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