Condi Rice to speak at GOP convention

The Bay Area’s own former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is among the first list of headliners for the Republican National Convention, as rolled out today by Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus.

“Americans are looking for leadership in Washington to advance the belief that free markets and free people are the cornerstones to our country’s future,” Rice – now a Stanford professor and Hoover Institution fellow – said in the GOP’s news release. “I look forward to being a part of the Republican National Convention later this month to support those beliefs by nominating Mitt Romney to be our next president.”

(Not that she’s going to be vice president or anything.)

The other speakers announced today are South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, that state’s first female governor and the nation’s youngest sitting governor; former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a 2008 presidential candidate and a best-selling author, radio and television show host; Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a former House Budget Committee chairman; New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, the nation’s first female Hispanic governor and that state’s first female governor; U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., the 2008 Republican presidential nominee; and Florida Gov. Rick Scott.

Priebus called these speakers “some of our party’s brightest stars, who have governed and led effectively and admirably in their respective roles. Ours will be a world class convention, worthy of the next president of the United States, and these speakers—and those that will be announced later—will help make it a truly memorable and momentous event.”

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.