Chris Christie To Deliver Keynote Address At Republican Convention

Confirming reports that had leaked out nearly a month ago, the RNC has officially announced that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will deliver the Keynote Address at the Republican National Convention:

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will deliver the keynote address that launches theRepublican National Convention in two weeks, telling USA TODAY he plans to make an “emphatic” argument on behalf of GOP approaches and shared sacrifice to face the nation’s biggest challenges.

In an interview Monday, Christie said his 20-minute speech will focus more on making the case for electingMitt Romney than the one against re-electing President Obama. And he promises the words will be his own: He’s already on the fourth draft of the speech, “grinding away on it” over the past few days since Romney asked him to fill the high-profile role.

Another Republican rising star getting a prime role at the convention is Florida Senator Marco Rubio, who will introduce Romney the night he gives his speech accepting the party’s nomination:

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio will introduce Mitt Romney at the Republican National Convention when the former Massachusetts governor officially accepts his party’s presidential nomination later this month in Tampa, a senior Republican official told CNN.

Rubio, who was elected in 2010, is well regarded by conservatives and tea party activists. Earlier this year, Romney had said that he was looking at Rubio as possible vice presidential running mate. Romney, instead, chose Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan this weekend to join him on the GOP ticket.

Both seem like ideal choices for their respective roles, and I’m sure we’ll here more than one pundit wag about whether these men are auditioning for 2016 or 2020.

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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. OzarkHillbilly says:

    telling USA TODAY he plans to make an “emphatic” argument on behalf of GOP approaches and shared sacrifice to face the nation’s biggest challenges.

    Heh. Heh heh heehehehee. BWahahaahhaaaahhaaaahaaaa…..

    Boy, those Republicans, natural comedic talents, aren’t they? Or maybe they are just patholgical liars……

    Nahhhh. Comedians.

  2. Tsar Nicholas says:

    I have to say as country club inept as they are the RNC has done a good job with this convention, from its location to the slate of speakers and, of course, not having Palin there is an added bonus.

  3. legion says:

    Waiting now for Bachmann to make snide remarks about Christie’s defense of Muslims… Even without Palin, there ought to be some goooood behind-the-scenes drama at this.

  4. stonetools says:

    Look for the 2020 elections to be between Senators Castro and Christie :-).

  5. mike says:

    “grinding away on it”? Why is he grinding on his speech? Kind of kinky.