The Washington Times - August 14, 2012, 09:17AM

Right on the heels of the announcement of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as the keynote speaker at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus revealed that Sen. Marco Rubio will formally introduce Mitt Romney as the party nominee on Aug. 30 at the convention in Mr. Rubio’s home state of Florida.

“Senator Rubio is a proven leader and a man of true character, and it is fitting that he will take on such an important role at our convention in his home state,” Mr. Priebus said. “Throughout his career, he has shown true dedication to constitutional principles, fiscal responsibility and free enterprise. As the son of immigrants, he has witnessed the promise of the American Dream firsthand and has worked to secure that promise for future generations.”


Many Republicans had hoped Mr. Rubio, a young, telegenic tea party heartthrob, would be named as Mr. Romney’s No. 2 on the GOP ticket. But the key role of introducing Mr. Romney clearly indicates the RNC recognizes his popularity and potential to make inroads with Hispanic voters, especially in the battleground state of Florida.