(WASHINGTON) — The list of Mitt Romney’s potential running mates appeared to narrow Monday as Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus announced a list of headline speakers — including some whose names have been tossed around as a possible vice presidential pick — for the upcoming convention in Tampa, Fla.
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley are among seven speakers profiled in a news release issued by the RNC on Monday; the others listed in the announcement are Arizona Sen. John McCain, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Florida Gov. Rick Scott.
“They are some of our party’s brightest stars, who have governed and led effectively and admirably in their respective roles,” Priebus said in a statement.
Just last week, ABC News senior political correspondent Jonathan Karl listed Rice and Huckabee among his updated list of VP contenders.
Karl also identified former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty as “the new front-runner” in the so-called veepstakes, ahead of Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte, and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.
Other possible VP contenders include Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, N.J. Gov. Chris Christie, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, and Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, according to Karl.
The names of additional convention speakers, including the keynote speaker, will be announced in the coming days, the RNC says.
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