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Rubio Keeps His Primetime Speaking Slot

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Saul Loeb
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AFP

Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio will still have a primetime speaking role at the Republican National Convention after organizers turned down his offer to give Ann Romney his spot.

Rubio is scheduled to introduce presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney Thursday.

Convention organizers wanted to move Ann Romney from Monday night, when national television networks do not plan to cover the event. Ann Romney has been rescheduled for Tuesday night.

Here's the statement from Romney campaign manager Matt Rhoades:

“Sen. Rubio was incredibly gracious to offer his speaking slot to Mrs. Romney, and we thank him for his kind offer. However, he will remain the last speaker in primetime on Thursday night before Gov. Romney accepts the nomination. In many ways, Sen. Rubio represents the future of the Republican Party and we can think of no better person to introduce Gov. Romney on this important night.

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