After a successful first night, the 2012 Republican National Convention gears up for a second try at winning over the hearts and minds of those voters who have not yet decided who to vote for in November. (See the schedule of speakers below this post)
While the last night’s focus was placed mainly on the speeches given by Mitt Romney’s wife Ann and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie who closed the evening with his rousing keynote address, Wednesday night will be largely consumed by Congressman Paul Ryan’s acceptance of the Republican vice presidential nomination. But look for some exceptional performances in the lead up to Ryan’s acceptance speech from people such as Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and most of all, former National Security Advisor and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. On Tuesday, several speakers gave presentations that helped to establish them as rising national stars. One such speaker was Mia Love, a young Utah congressional candidate who is currently the Mayor of Colorado Springs, Utah. Another memorable speech was given by diehard conservative, Texas U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz, a popular T.E.A. movement figure. On Wednesday, expect Florida’s Pam Bondi, who has already established a solid reputation for herself, to catapult her rising star much further nationally. And while I fully expect Condoleezza Rice to deliver a speech that will have some pondering how good a vice presidential nominee she could have been, I suspect that New Mexico’s Governor Susana Martinez will deliver a speech that will make her political stock rise sharply.
Other notable prime time speakers on the docket who could surprise us with powerful performances include South Dakota Senator John Thune and former Minnesota Governor and candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, Tim Pawlenty. The remarkable Marco Rubio will also appearing tonight but his main speech will be offered on Thursday night, prior to Mitt Romney’s acceptance speech.
But regardless of who may soak up the limelight earlier in the night, it will be Paul Ryan who quickly reclaim s the headlines for himself and the Republican presidential ticket that he will lead with Mitt Romney. As the most important speech of his political career, Paul Ryan will not disappoint. He will sum up the importance of this election in a way that will make it impossible for voters to avoid the legislative larceny of the current spend-more-than-we-have tax and spend liberal policies that are bankrupting our nation’s treasury and our personal prosperity. paul Ryan will explain the fiscal free fall we are experiencing in a way that will allow Americans to understand the urgent need for an immediate change of command in America and he will do so in a way that will make significant inroads with the all important independent voters who will ultimately determine who the next President will be.
To view tonight’s program, tune in to White House 2012’s livestream of the convention here.
Wednesday Night Convention Schedule
7:30 p.m.: Convention convenes
- Call to order
- Introduction of Colors
- Pledge of Allegiance
- National Anthem
- Remarks by Senate Republican Leader and Convention Temporary Chairman Mitch McConnell (KY)
- Performance by Beau Davidson
- Segment to be announced
- Remarks by Senator John McCain (AZ)
- Remarks by Attorney General Pam Bondi (FL) and Attorney General Sam Olens (GA)
- Remarks by Senator John Thune (SD)
- Remarks by Governor Jeb Bush (FL)
- Remarks by Senator Rob Portman (OH)
- Remarks by Steve Cohen, Screen Machine
- Remarks by Governor Luis Fortuño (PR)
- Remarks by Governor Tim Pawlenty (MN)
- Remarks by Condoleezza Rice
- Remarks by vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan
- Benediction by Archbishop Demetrios
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