Fla. attorney general to speak at Tampa convention

Political watchers wonder what role Rubio will play

Photo courtesy pambondi.com
Photo courtesy pambondi.com

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has been selected to speak at the Republican National Convention in Tampa later this month along with Gov. Rick Scott.

Bondi's selection has set up a competition between the two Florida Republicans over who will get the best time slot at the convention.

A rising star in the Republican Party, Bondi won her first statewide election in 2010. Now she's in the national spotlight, joining a list of elite speakers at the RNC.

"I'm just very humbled to be on a list of such great speakers," Bondi said.

Bondi said she isn't at liberty to reveal her topic of conversation, but fellow speaker, Scott left less to the imagination.

"My job is to continue to talk about what we are doing in Florida and that we're headed in the right direction," Scott said.

There are primetime speaking roles at the convention and some not so prime spots, which means the attorney general and the governor will be in competition to see who gets the best slot. Bondi already knows when she'll be speaking, but won't say when. She said she thinks the RNC wants to release that information.

Meanwhile, focus is also on Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and what role he'll play at the convention. Political soothsayers believe if Rubio isn't given a speaking role it means he's Mitt Romney's running mate. Romney is expected to announce his VP choice in the next couple of weeks.

More speakers will be announced later this week, including who will deliver the keynote address.