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Christie to Give Keynote Speech, Rubio to Introduce Romney at RNC

Joe Raedle/Ramin Talaie/Bloomberg/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Two new stars of the Republican party will be featured speakers at the Republican National Convention in two weeks.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus announced on Tuesday that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will give the keynote speech at the convention, which runs from Aug. 27 through Aug. 30 in Tampa, Fla.

"It is an honor to be able to address our party and our nation in just a few short weeks," Christie said in response to the honor.  "The challenges we face as a country are great and require the honesty and boldness of the Romney-Ryan team.  We have an opportunity in Tampa to make clear that if we tell each other the hard truths, tackle the big problems, and make bold choices, we will see America's comeback."

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, meanwhile, will introduce Mitt Romney on the final night of the convention before Romney accepts the Republican nomination for president, Priebus said.

“The Republican National Convention in the great state of Florida is going to be an historic event.  We are excited to nominate Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan and restore great leadership to our country.  Future generations of Americans depend on the hard work we will do in the weeks and months ahead, and I know that together we will be successful in changing Washington and putting leaders in place who are committed to creating more jobs and opportunities for our people,” Rubio said in a statement.

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