Gov. Nikki Haley will speak at 10 p.m. next Monday, the first night of the Republican National Convention in Tampa.
“The governor’s speech will focus on two things: first, her battles with the federal government and why we need new leadership in the White House,” Rob Godfrey, Haley’s spokesman, said Monday. “And, two, the governor’s relationship with both Mitt and Ann Romney, and how it informs her belief that he is the right man to be our next president.”
Haley endorsed the former Massachusetts governor before South Carolina’s January GOP primary. However, former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich won the Palmetto State.
The speaking gig is an honor for both Haley, a Lexington Republican, and South Carolina, said Katon Dawson, former chairman of the S.C. Republican Party and a delegate to this year’s convention. “10 o’clock is prime time for the convention. It’s a tremendous honor.”
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But Midlands residents may have to flip through several channels to watch Haley.
Columbia’s WLTX plans to cover Haley’s speech live, but WOLO will not. WACH has not decided whether to air it. WIS will stream it on its website.
National networks increasingly are wary of lengthy convention coverage.
Both ABC and NBC have said they only will air live convention coverage Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of next week, forgoing Monday. TV networks are limiting their coverage of both parties’ conventions, saying the events are overly scripted and break little news.
Coverage will be more robust on cable TV’s 24-hour news networks. The Republican Party also will stream gavel-to-gavel online coverage of its convention at www.gopconvention2012.com.