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Scott Walker Gets 'Very Prominent Role' At Republican National Convention

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) will be a speaker at the Republican National Convention in Tampa. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) will be a speaker at the Republican National Convention in Tampa. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

WASHINGTON -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) will get a high-profile speaking spot at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., giving one of the Republican Party's rising stars a national stage.

Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus announced the Walker news on the Fox News show "On The Record with Greta Van Susteren" on Tuesday night.

"I am really proud tonight to announce as well a very prominent role for Gov. Scott Walker -- my governor from Wisconsin, and your governor too, for that matter, Greta," said Priebus, who was chair of the Wisconsin Republican Party before taking over the national GOP.

Walker has been a hero on the right since he pushed through an anti-union bill in Wisconsin in 2011 that stripped most public employees of collective bargaining rights. This year, he survived a Democratic attempt to recall him from office.

Other convention speakers added Tuesday night were Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, Puerto Rico Gov. Luis Fortuno and Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens.

Priebus said the RNC is still working with the Romney campaign on the exact schedule and lineup of speakers, to ensure that they "have a good flow."

"I think a lot of these folks are going to be spread throughout the week," Priebus said. "As you know, part of making the case for the presidency of the United States that a convention can capture -- especially when you're running as a challenger against an incumbent -- we want to tell the Mitt Romney story. Telling that story will take the entire four days."

Other speakers at the convention include South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former GOP presidential candidates Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum, former Florida governor Jeb Bush, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Florida Gov. Rick Scott.

The Associated Press noted that when someone is announced as a convention speaker, it may indicate they have not been chosen as Romney's running mate.

Sarah Palin, the vice presidential nominee in 2008, has not yet been invited.

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