Two of the Republicans’ hottest stars, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, will get prime slots at the Republican convention, with Christie giving the keynote address and Rubio offering a speech introducing Mitt Romney, according to reports.
Both were supposedly considered by Romney to be his vice presidential running mate.
The appearance of the two conservative heroes should help assuage the disappointment some will feel that people like Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich other leading conservatives are being passed over for speaking spots.
“I’ll try to tell some very direct and hard truths to people in the country about the trouble that we’re in and the fact that fixing those problems is not going to be easy for any of them,” Christie told USA Today. He’ll cite his experiences in New Jersey as evidence that “the American people are ready to confront those problems head-on and endure some sacrifice.”