Governor to speak at the Republican convention

Posted: Friday, August 22, 2008

Four years ago, Gov. Sarah Palin went to the Republican National Convention as a wide-eyed delegate awed by the fast-paced environs in New York City.

Next month, she will address convention delegates at the four-day event in St. Paul, Minn., the same night as keynote speaker Rudy Giuliani.

"I hadn't even envisioned being governor back then," Palin said. "And I hadn't envisioned being a speaker until about a month ago."

Palin received confirmation about one week ago.

Organizers released the speakers lineup Wednesday. Palin will speak Sept. 2, a Tuesday, the second day of the convention.

Palin, who ran on ethics reform, joins a group of GOP veterans, including one-time candidate Giuliani, who will speak to the evening's theme: reform.

"I feel honored that they would want to hear an Alaskan perspective on reform needed in government, and an Alaskan perspective on prosperity for our nation," Palin said. "I don't think you're going to hear a message from anybody who embraces the status quo."

Much of Palin's message to a national audience has been resource development, particularly as it relates to her natural gas pipeline plans. Palin said she hopes to incorporate energy development into her speech.

Also speaking that night will be former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson, both opponents of McCain during primaries earlier this year.

Former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge is listed to speak that night as well. He and Palin have been mentioned as potential running mates for McCain.

Palin said she was told she will be an evening speaker, perhaps closely ahead of Giuliani's keynote address, which caps the evening.

A convention spokeswoman said the order of speakers has not been determined.

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