Sen. John McCain and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice are among seven headline speakers announced for the Republican National Convention later this month in Tampa.
The others are former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Florida Gov. Rick Scott, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez.
The keynote speaker and others will be named closer to the Aug. 27-30 event, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said in announcing the headliners, whom he called "some of our party's brightest stars, who have governed and led effectively and admirably in their respective roles."
Noticeably absent from the headliner list were several vice-presidential contenders, including former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. The VP decision is expected any time now.
Mitt Romney, welcome to the bubble. On Monday morning, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee said goodbye to what little remained of his personal privacy. He now has what's known as a protective pool -- a small group of reporters and photographers who follow him every time he leaves his home, even when he's running routine errands.
Naturally, then, Romney's quick stop at a hardware store near his vacation home in Wolfeboro, N.H., turned into a media mini-circus. Photographers snapped pictures through a window of him checking out at the register. Reporters wanted to know what he bought. And the candidate didn't give up much: "Hardware stuff," he said. Three minutes later, Romney was at a grocery store, facing the same inquiring minds.
Conservative loyalties in Missouri's GOP Senate primary Tuesday are fractured among a trio of candidates all preaching a smaller-government message while splitting the endorsements of conservative celebrities.
Sarah Palin is endorsing Sarah Steelman, a former state senator and treasurer. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is among supporters of John Brunner, the former CEO of a health care products manufacturer. And Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee are backing Rep. Todd Akin.