Whither Pence? RNC speakers list missing key name

July 14, 2016

By Reuters Staff

pence.jpgThe list of speakers revealed so far for a Republican National Convention that Donald Trump¬†vowed would be like no other has one notable absence among the New York billionaire’s potential vice presidential picks: Indiana Governor Mike Pence.

Pence and former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich have emerged as the front-runners as Trump prepares to roll out his vice presidential pick at 11 a.m. on Friday.

Gingrich, along with other potential running mates U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, all have speaking spots at the convention, which begins next week in Cleveland, according to a press release from the Republican National Convention issued Thursday morning.

Retired Lt. General Michael Flynn and U.S. Senator Joni Ernst, whose names had also been floated as potential running mates, were also scheduled to speak, according to Jeff Larson, CEO of the convention, who touted the list as “partial.” He said a final list will follow.

The Trump campaign did not immediately comment to Reuters on why Pence was not among the speakers.

While a number of prominent Republicans have opted out of even attending the convention, Trump promised a more lively, interesting gathering than the last one in 2012, which he has called the most boring he had ever seen.

The list of convention speakers released on Thursday includes Trump’s family – daughters Ivanka and Tiffany and wife Melania – golfer Natalie Gulbis and soap opera actress Kimberlin Brown. Trump had promised an entertaining and “spectacular” convention, but there were no megastar names on the list.

Even Sarah Palin, a politician with star power in certain Republican sectors, was not scheduled to speak. Palin, the former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, was an early backer of Trump and campaigned for him during the primary campaign.

Here are all the names released so far:

Pastor Mark Burns
Phil Ruffin
Congressman Ryan Zinke
Pat Smith
Mark Geist
John Tiegen
Congressman Michael McCaul
Sheriff David Clarke
Congressman Sean Duffy
Darryl Glenn
Senator Tom Cotton
Karen Vaughn
Governor Mike Huckabee
Mayor Rudy Giuliani
Melania Trump
Senator Joni Ernst
Kathryn Gates-Skipper
Marcus Luttrell
Dana White
Governor Asa Hutchinson
Attorney General Leslie Rutledge
Michael Mukasey
Andy Wist
Senator Jeff Sessions
Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn
Alex Smith
Speaker Paul Ryan
Congressman Kevin McCarthy
Kerry Woolard .
Senator Shelley Moore Capito
Dr. Ben Carson
Co-Chair Sharon Day
Natalie Gulbis
Kimberlin Brown
Antonio Sabato, Jr.
Peter Thiel
Eileen Collins
Senator Ted Cruz
Newt Gingrich
Michelle Van Etten
Lynne Patton
Eric Trump
Harold Hamm
Congressman Chris Collins
Brock Mealer
Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn
Governor Mary Fallin
Darrell Scott
Lisa Shin
Governor Rick Scott
Chairman Reince Priebus
Tom Barrack
Ivanka Trump
Attorney General Pam Bondi
Jerry Falwell Jr.
Rabbi Haskel Lookstein
Chris Cox
Senator Mitch McConnell
Tiffany Trump
Governor Chris Christie
Donald J. Trump Jr.
Governor Scott Walker

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