Saturday, August 25, 2012

Republican Officials Release Monday Convention Schedule “We Can Do Better” to be First Night Theme of Convention

Republican Officials Release Monday Convention Schedule 

Tampa, Fla. – Asserting that “Republicans reject the notion that America’s ‘new normal’ consists of 42 months of deep unemployment and greater debt,” Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus today announced that the theme of the Republican National Committee’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.”

Schedule Announced on Convention Mobile App

As part of its “convention without walls” program to make the convention open and accessible, Republican officials also released today the convention schedule for Monday, August 27 through the convention’s mobile app – Tampa 2012 (  Featured speakers for Monday include Ann Romney.

2:00 pm              Chairman of the RNC Reince Priebus
            Color Guard
            Pledge of Allegiance
            National Anthem:  The Oak Ridge Boys
            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           
            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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