SC at the RNC | Haley speech rescheduled

August 26, 2012 

Timing of Haley speech? TBD

S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley’s Monday night speaking slot at the Republican National Convention is rescheduled for before 10 p.m. Tuesday

Haley’s speech was scheduled for prime time, between 10 and 11 p.m. Monday. But the GOP Saturday canceled Monday’s activities because of the threat posed by Tropical Storm Isaac. When former Govs. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas and Jeb Bush of Florida, also scheduled to speak Monday – will appear was being hashed out Sunday evening.

The S.C. governor is expected to address the Republican National Convention late in the 9 p.m. hour on Tuesday, her spokesman shared on Twitter Sunday evening.

Other prime-time speakers this week are scheduled to include:

• Tuesday: Ann Romney, initially scheduled to speak on Monday, Puerto Rico first lady Luce Vela Fortuno and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie

• Wednesday: Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and vice presidential nominee U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin

• Thursday: U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and former Massachusetts Gov. Romney

Beaufort state senator to speak at Ron Paul rally today

Haley isn’t the only S.C. Republican hoping to get a moment in the sun during the Tampa convention.

State Sen. Tom Davis of Beaufort, a libertarian-leaning Tea Party favorite, is scheduled to speak today at a pre-convention rally sponsored by GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul.

The “We Are The Future Rally” is scheduled to be held at the University of South Florida’s Sun Dome. The libertarian-leaning Paul, a Texas congressman, will be introduced about 4 p.m. by his son, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., an ally of South Carolina U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint, another Tea Party favorite. (C-Span is covering the event.)

Ron Paul recently appeared at a Columbia fundraiser for Davis. That fundraiser, far outside Davis’ district, boosted speculation the former chief of staff to Gov. Mark Sanford has his eyes on higher office, whether a run for governor or for the U.S. Senate, against Republican incumbent Lindsey Graham of Seneca.

Davis is scheduled to address the Paul rally on the subject of “The Republican Party’s Liberty Wing.”

Haley to discuss ‘How conservative women confront media bias’

The GOP convention hasn’t started yet but Gov. Nikki Haley will be in the spotlight today.

“Drumroll, please,” began the press release announcing Haley is scheduled to be on a panel discussing “Lashing Back at the Backlash: How Conservative Women Confront Media Bias.”

“Haley, the first woman governor of South Carolina and youngest current governor, has faced scrutiny from the press on a myriad of issues. Suffering through press attacks aimed at her as well as her family, Haley and her team have seen and dealt with it all,” according to the press release.

The panel discussion is to be moderated by former S.C. GOP chairwoman Karen Floyd, whose Spartanburg-based digital Palladian View magazine is hosting the 5 p.m. event at Tampa’s David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts.

Floyd said Saturday that the event would go on today despite concerns about Hurricane Isaac.

What will S.C. GOP delegates be doing this week?

Last week, the S.C. GOP said their schedule included:

• Today: A reception hosted by communications giant AT&T and an RNC welcoming party at Tropicana Field, the home of the Tampa Bay Rays baseball team.

• Monday: A breakfast address by U.S. Sen Marco Rubio of Florida, a reception hosted by railroad giant CSX and another reception hosted by U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham. (It’s scheduled to end at 2 a.m. Tuesday.)

• Tuesday: A harbor cruise, a reception hosted by Gov. Haley, and a party co-hosted by the Fluor Flourconstruction and the Duke Energy utility giants. (Again, until 2 a.m. Wednesday.)

• Wednesday: A breakfast with S.C. congressmen, a reception hosted by insurance giant BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina

• Thursday: A breakfast with an “unnamed special guest.” That night, of course, Romney accepts the GOP presidential nomination.

Whether today’s and Monday’s events would proceed was unclear Saturday night.

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