Does Rand Paul's invitation to speak at the Republican Convention mean Ron Paul won't be?

Ron Paul will be in Tampa right before the convention, as he'll appear on Sunday, August 26 at a rally at the USF SunDome in his honor. It's one of what may be at least two events honoring the man known as the Godfather of the Tea Party the weekend before the convention, and demonstrates the passionate (but limited) support he has acquired during his past two runs for the GOP nomination for president.


Even after Mitt Romney was certain to win the nomination, Paul supporters continued to push for delegate support in the various state party caucuses, with the goal of getting enough delegates to guarantee that he would get a speaking spot at the convention.


But the future of the Ron Paul legacy resides in son Rand, elected to the U.S. Senate in November of 2010. Ron Paul turns 76 in 13 days, while Rand turned 49 earlier this year.


Another significant tidbit: Rand Paul has endorsed Romney, while Ron Paul has not.


But let's not write off Ron Paul getting the opportunity to speak in Tampa on prime time just yet. There will be at least one other announcement of prominent Republicans speaking at the convention — or do you believe that Chris Christie or Marco Rubio won't be speaking at the convention? Of course, these announcements also are a way to eliminate potential running mates, which is why there hasn't been any announcement about other possible speakers such as Paul Ryan, Rob Portman, Bobby Jindal, etc.

Overnight Reuters broke the news about the second wave of officials who have been invited to speak at the Republican National Convention in Tampa later this month.

They include Jeb Bush, Rick Santorum, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin and Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, who now join Condoleeza Rice, Rick Scott, John McCain, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez as the announced speakers so far to speak at the four-day event scheduled to begin August 27.

The inclusion of Rand Paul is significant on a number of fronts; He is by far the only listed speaker who has his roots inside the Tea Party, though he surely won't be the last. He's also considered to be an important factor in why his father, Texas Congressman Ron Paul, opted not to bolt the party after losing in the primary to Mitt Romney and going rogue as a third-party candidate, either on the Libertarian ticket or just on his own independently.

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