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GOP updates convention speakers with double shots of Pawlenty and Coleman

Gov. Tim Pawlenty has been added to the opening-day speaker lineup at the Republican National Convention —  and he’s still on the list for the final day, too —  according to the updated convention schedule put out by RNC officials.

Sen. Norm Coleman and Rep. Michele Bachmann are also newly added to Monday’s list. Coleman’s also is scheduled to speak on Wednesday.

Doug Leatherdale, Host Committee chairman and former CEO of the St. Paul Cos. (now Traveler’s insurance company) is now on the Monday schedule, too.

Other newly added speakers include Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, House Republican Leader John Boehner of Ohio, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas, former Sen. Bill Frist of Tennessee and Michael Williams. chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission.

Below are highlights of the revised Republican schedule.

Additions to the program appear with an asterisk (*).

Monday, Sept. 1

Service

“Love of country, my friends, is another way of saying love of your fellow countryman.”
— Sen. John McCain

Speakers will include:

• President George W. Bush
• Vice President Richard B. Cheney
• First Lady Laura Bush
• Gov. Tim Pawlenty (Minn.)*
• Gov. Rick Perry (Texas)*
• Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (Calif.)
• Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.)*
• U.S. Sen. Richard Burr (N.C.)*
• U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman (Minn.)*
• U.S. Sen. John Ensign (Nev.)*
• U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch (Utah)*
• U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman (Conn.)
• U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (Minn.)*
• U.S. Rep. Tom Cole (Okla.)*
• U.S. Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart (Fla.)*
• U.S. Rep. Thelma Drake (Va.)*
• U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk (Ill.)*
• U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy (Calif)*
• Maria Cino, President and CEO of the 2008 Republican National Convention*
• Jo Ann Davidson, Chairman of the 2008 Republican National Convention Committee on Arrangements*
• Tommy Espinoza*
• Maj. Gen. Rick Goddard, U.S. Air Force (Ret.)*
• Bill Gross*
• Ashley Gunn*
• Chris Hackett*
• Doug Leatherdale*
• Jay Love*
• Cynthia Lummis*
• Erik Paulsen*
• Capt. Leslie Smith, U.S. Army (Ret.)*

Program participants will include:

• Victoria Blackstone, Stars and Stripes Winner, will lead the Pledge of Allegiance
• Boy Scout Troop 738 of St Louis Park, Minn. will serve as the Color Guard

Tuesday, Sept. 2

Reform

“If you find faults with our country, make it a better one. If you are disappointed with the mistakes of government, join its ranks and correct them.”
— Sen. John McCain

Speakers will include:

• Former New York City Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani
• Gov. Jon Huntsman (Utah)
• Gov. Linda Lingle (Hawaii)
• Gov. Sarah Palin (Alaska)
• Former Gov. Mike Huckabee (Ark.)
• Former Gov. Tom Ridge (Pa.)
• Former Lt. Gov. Michael Steele (Md.)
• U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (Okla.)*
• Former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson (Tenn.)
• House Republican Leader John Boehner (Ohio)*
• U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.)*
• U.S. Rep. Luis Fortuño (Puerto Rico)*
• U.S. Rep. Adam Putnam (Fla.)*
• State Sen. Dennis Hollingsworth (Calif.)*
• Rosario Marin, California Secretary of the State and Consumer Services Agency and former Treasurer of the United States
• Chris Collins*
• Carolyn Dunn*
• Phil Hayes*
• Lisa Keegan*
• Ruth Novodor*
• Dr. Elena Rios *
• Shirley Sadler*
• Joe Watkins*

Program participants will include:

• Mary Leavitt will lead the Pledge of Allegiance
• The VFW of Red Lake, Minn. will serve as the Color Guard
• Rabbi Ira Flax will lead the convention in prayer
• Dr. Robert Certain will lead the convention in prayer

Wednesday, Sept. 3

Prosperity

“America’s best days are still to come.”
— Sen. John McCain

Speakers will include:

• Mrs. Cindy McCain
• Republican Party’s Vice Presidential Nominee
• Gov. Bobby Jindal (La.)
• Former Gov. Mitt Romney (Mass.)
• U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman (Minn.)
• U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (Texas)*
• U.S. Rep. Mike Pence (Ind.)*
• Mayor Mick Cornett (Okla.)*
• State Sen. Abel Maldonado (Calif.)*
• Carly Fiorina, Victory ’08 Chairman for the Republican National Committee and former Chairman and CEO of Hewlett-Packard Co.
• Meg Whitman, National Co-Chair for McCain 2008 and former President and CEO of eBay
• Renee Amoore*
• Anne Beiler*
• Jessica Colon*
• Christy Swanson*
• Raul “Danny” Vargas*

Program participants will include:

• Sharon Clahchischillage will lead the Pledge of Allegiance
• The Law Enforcement Memorial Association of Minnesota will serve as the Color Guard
• Father Edward Reese will lead the convention in prayer
• Rev. Eva Rodriguez will lead the convention in prayer

Thursday, Sept. 4

Peace

“Our next president will have a mandate to build an enduring global peace on the foundations of freedom, security, opportunity, prosperity, and hope.”
— Sen. John McCain

• John McCain
• Gov. Charlie Crist (Fla.)
• Gov. Tim Pawlenty (Minn.)
• U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback (Kan.)
• U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.)*
• U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez (Fla.)
• Former U.S. Sen. Bill Frist (Tenn.)*
• U.S. Rep. Mary Fallin (Okla.)*
• Michael Williams, Chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission*
• David Flaum*
• Christopher Fussner*
• Lt. Gen. Carol Mutter, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.)*
• Charlie Smith*

Program participants will include:

• The 934th Airlift Wing Air Force Reserves Joint Color Guard of Minn.
• Pastor Dan Yeary will lead the convention in prayer
• Archbishop Demetrios will lead the convention in prayer

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