The first names of those that will be speaking at the Republican National Convention have been officially announced, and with the announcement comes some raised eyebrows.
But it appears that not having your name on the list, doesn't necessarily mean you won't be speaking.
In fact, Alec Poitevint, Chairman of the Committee on Arrangements, says in the next few weeks we can expect more names to be added. He says the selection of the speakers is an arduous process filled with input from hundreds from various agencies, even general public opinion is considered.
Jim Davis, former Florida and United States Representative says history shows that if a name doesn't appear on the speaker list, there is a good chance they are still in the running to fill that Vice President candidate slot.
Either way, one thing is for sure, the GOP knows exactly what they are doing.
"This is all going to be very carefully calculated," says Davis.
Davis says the Republicans have a distinct plan as they strategically roll our the names of those that will be speaking at the RNC.
"I think that the Republican Party did two things today, both were wise. I think they touted out some of their best and brightest and they mixed into that some of the people that they have to ask to speak.
He adds he's not just looking at the names that have been introduced, but he says just as important, if not more, is when these people will take the podium. He says the prime time speakers will be the ones to watch, the ones the Republican party really want to showcase. As for those that have yet to be named?
"Many of these people that are being touted as Vice Presidential candidates are leaders in their own right. I think they will all be speaking in some way at the convention."
He says people like former Secretary of State, Condoleeza Rice will have a lot to bring to the table on hot-button issues like foreign policy.
People like Governor Rick Scott and Senator John McCain are more formalities, he says. Those two are more like a tradition because they won't help to swing the votes in his opinion.
Speakers like South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez will get the attention of the women voters as they both made history by becoming the first female governors in their respective states.
While we expect to hear more announcements on those who will be slated to speak, the question still remains, who will get the nod for Vice President?
Despite much conversation, Davis doesn't seem to think it will be Florida Senator Marco Rubio. He says he thinks the battleground state of Ohio will get the green light.
"Today, I put my money on Rob Portman," predicts Davis.
Portman, the junior state Senator from Ohio, has been really impressing people in the past couple of months, according to Davis.
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