The Washington Times - August 20, 2012, 02:10PM

Next week’s Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., will have bipartisan flavor — at least for a few minutes.

The host city’s Democratic mayor, Bob Buckhorn, has been given a speaking spot soon after the convention formally kicks off Aug. 27 at 2:15 p.m., the Republican National Committee announced Monday.


While Mr. Buckhorn has been an active and vocal proponent of the GOP event, don’t expect him to get political onstage, as he has vowed to be a political agnostic until the convention is over.

“Our mission is to be the best host [the GOP] has ever had,” the mayor told The Washington Times last month. “For me, it’s not about the partisan nature of it — it’s an economic development opportunity, and that’s how I treat it. I don’t care what goes on in the [convention] building.”

The theme of the convention’s first day will be “We Can Do Better,” a reference to the GOP’s push to oust President Obama.

“Probably no four words could better sum up the conclusion that is shared by millions of Americans as they look back on the past four years,” said convention Chief Executive William Harris. “We can do better than this, and the country knows it.”