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So who is the GOP Convention's Mystery Speaker?

By GOPUSA Staff

Speculation is running around the Internet regarding the "mystery speaker" on Thursday at the GOP National Convention. There is a spot that's being held with a "To Be Announced" designation, but as of now, no one seems to know the answer. Sarah Palin? Maybe Nancy Reagan? Rush Limbaugh?

Mediate.com reports on the unknown speaker:

Now, it's most likely that this mystery speaker will not be that big of a deal, but because it's a secret, everyone is positively dying to find out as soon as possible. The Wall Street Journal throws out a list of potential candidates for the speaking slot: Zell Miller, a former Democratic senator from Georgia best known for his fiery 2004 RNC convention speech, rocker Ted Nugent, General David Petraeus, whose appearance at a political event seems unlikely, former First Lady Nancy Reagan, Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, and none other than Sarah Palin.

Over at National Review Online, Jim Geraghty thinks the Palin choice would be a good one, because "if there is one thing we know she does exceptionally well, it is give convention speeches!"

Over at HotAir.com, ideas range from Gov. Douglas Wilder to Colin Powell:

Douglas Wilder. Remember that strange episode two weeks ago when he was spotted at a Romney/Ryan fundraiser, then told the press he'd gone to the wrong hotel while looking for an event on education? He'd spent the previous two days on Fox News dumping on Biden for his "chains" comment. Having America's first black governor endorse a Republican over America's first black president would be high drama worthy of "mystery speaker" suspense, but Ace hears from Bryan Preston at PJ Media that it's unlikely.

Two: Colin Powell. No crossover endorsement was bigger for Obama in 2008 so having him cut bait on The One at the convention would be as strong a signal as you could send to voters that it's okay to admit your mistake and atone. Powell said as recently as June that he was still undecided between Romney and Obama; a month before that, he called Romney a "good man" whom he's known for years before going on to praise some of O's first-term "accomplishments." Endorsing Romney on national TV would make him instantly relevant again.

The article also mentioned Clint Eastwood as the possible mystery speaker.

So who do you think the speaker will be and why?

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  1. Howard PettyjohnComment by Howard Pettyjohn
    August 29, 2012 @ 2:48 pm

    ELVIS !

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    • genesalComment by genesal
      August 29, 2012 @ 4:50 pm

      Report: Clint Eastwood Headed to Tampa

      It looks like the Republican convention will make superstar actor Clint Eastwood’s day. He’s headed to the confab or soon will be, a “well-placed Republican source” told Townhall.com.

      The Oscar winner is no stranger to politics, having served as mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, Calif., from 1986-88. The source said Eastwood will arrive in Tampa late Wednesday or early Thursday and will return to his southern California home Friday.

      Speculation has grown that Eastwood will serve as the convention’s “mystery speaker” Thursday night. He endorsed Romney earlier this month and supported John McCain’s presidential candidacy four years ago.

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    • lwessonComment by lwesson
      August 30, 2012 @ 10:47 am

      Thanks genesal. A very pleasant, well needed surprise indeed! NOTHING namby pamby about Eastwood. My day has been made!

      He has done it all in a big magnum caliber style. I recon, he can risk all now. The Hollywood Machine must be in bug eyed screaming fits, as Clint terminates, puts them down, by speaking in such a high profile activity against their narcissist buddies Obama & Biden.

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  2. 1johnfranklinmasonComment by 1johnfranklinmason
    August 29, 2012 @ 3:04 pm

    Republican Franchise Owner David Koch perhaps?

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    • dfinchComment by dfinch
      August 29, 2012 @ 4:36 pm

      No but I do expect to see the Democrat Franchise owner George Soros.

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  3. Robert MooreComment by Robert Moore
    August 29, 2012 @ 3:06 pm

    I personally would like to see Nick Saban give the mystery speech at the RNC. He’s been to the White House twice in the last two years and, hopefully, when he makes it three next year there will be a new occupant.

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  4. hobartdemritterComment by hobartdemritter
    August 29, 2012 @ 3:11 pm

    The Donald will re-open the fraud on domestic birth.

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  5. soulman45Comment by soulman45
    August 29, 2012 @ 3:21 pm

    It should be Soulman45 I am free tonight.
    A would bring color age and a partying good time.

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  6. The GPComment by The GP
    August 29, 2012 @ 3:22 pm

    Condi Clueless, unfortunately.

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    • joelinpdxComment by joelinpdx
      August 29, 2012 @ 4:16 pm

      Condi is speaking today (Wednesday), jerk.

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    • mjphyjrComment by mjphyjr
      August 29, 2012 @ 5:15 pm

      I believe u’r correct, it is gonna be Condi. And not to be dissonant, I rather like Condi Rice. Myself? – after researching her personal history and pre-Bush affiliations and beliefs, I think she would make a great VP or even POTUS. She gets a bad rap over serving in the Bush camp for 8 years, and so any people tend to forget that an individual’s personal views rarely match that of their boss, no matter what the job is.

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    • LAPhilComment by LAPhil
      August 29, 2012 @ 7:52 pm

      I guess you’re not paying attention. Once again, she’s speaking tonight, not tomorrow.

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  7. Kenneth P. JacobusComment by Kenneth P. Jacobus
    August 29, 2012 @ 3:26 pm

    Who cares? lol

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  8. librabobComment by librabob
    August 29, 2012 @ 3:29 pm

    I would guess Barack’s Kenyan brother George questioning why Barack hasn’t spread the wealth in his direction.

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    • sistertereseComment by sisterterese
      August 29, 2012 @ 4:26 pm

      Too funny! LOL!

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    • LAPhilComment by LAPhil
      August 29, 2012 @ 5:02 pm

      Wouldn’t that be great?

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  9. Texas PatriotComment by Texas Patriot
    August 29, 2012 @ 3:31 pm

    Bill (I feel your pain) Clinton

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    • sistertereseComment by sisterterese
      August 29, 2012 @ 4:27 pm

      You mean “Bill (I feel you up) Clinton”?? The former slob-in-chief??

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    • LAPhilComment by LAPhil
      August 29, 2012 @ 4:32 pm

      “I feel you up”. Pretty funny.

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  10. wdjincComment by wdjinc
    August 29, 2012 @ 3:32 pm

    Clint Eastwood. He’s already on route to Tampa and returns to CA Friday

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    • LAPhilComment by LAPhil
      August 29, 2012 @ 3:35 pm

      The word is it’s probably him. I sure hope so, because that would really MAKE MY DAY!

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    • makesenseComment by makesense
      August 29, 2012 @ 4:05 pm

      It is Clint and this is the script:

      Background music plays “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly”.

      Clint walks on to the stage (crowd roaring), walks to the podium and poses…. gives the Clint western look.

      When the crowd roar subsides, he leans toward the mic and in a very clear voice says —

      “This is to you Barak!”

      The crowd roars again, Clint gestures for the crowd to calm down, then delivers his line –

      “Make our day!”

      Crowd roars again and he walks out.

      Crowd gives a deafening roar and some whitle and hoot!
      Background music goes louder.

      People will be talking about this until election day.

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    • sistertereseComment by sisterterese
      August 29, 2012 @ 4:29 pm

      Oh, you forgot his parting shot: “BO, do you feel lucky today punk? Well…do ya??” The crowd goes berserk..

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    • LAPhilComment by LAPhil
      August 29, 2012 @ 4:33 pm

      sisterterese, that makes you 2 for 2 today!

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    • sistertereseComment by sisterterese
      August 30, 2012 @ 3:13 am

      LAPhil: Yeah…I surprise myself sometimes! :) Thanks!

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    • canada3dayerComment by canada3dayer
      August 31, 2012 @ 2:11 am

      watching Clint Eastwood at the RNC tonight (great speech, in fact all 3 were great), I glanced over and noticed that my dog and one of my cats were having a stare-down over something. suddenly the music from The Good, The Bad and The Ugly started playing in my mind…

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  11. Dan GalliganComment by Dan Galligan
    August 29, 2012 @ 3:46 pm

    Maybe, someone will take excerpts, from Ronald Reagan’s 1980 Presidential Nomination acceptance speech, almost every bit of which is as relevant today, as it was 32 years ago, and make Ronald Reagan, the guest speaker, from beyond the grave. What better attack on today’s bad policies, than from the most successful President, since Abraham Lincoln, who has already passed on. The left cannot criticize him, anymore, they have done nothing but praise him, since his death.

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    • beverlyjo1944Comment by beverlyjo1944
      August 30, 2012 @ 11:28 am

      Scenario: Must from “The Good-TheBad-amd The Ugly” with a backdrop picture of Obama with his “angry” face on……
      Clint announces we are here to “Make your day”, and the Ronald Reagan acceptance speech is played.

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  12. Juanita Bishop AusbrookComment by Juanita Bishop Ausbrook
    August 29, 2012 @ 3:52 pm

    I hope the “mystery person” is Sarah Palin. For all she has gone through…she deserves a place at the table! Besides, she is a good, good speaker.

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    • joelinpdxComment by joelinpdx
      August 29, 2012 @ 4:17 pm

      With a hope like that you could be Barry Obozo.

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  13. Juanita Bishop AusbrookComment by Juanita Bishop Ausbrook
    August 29, 2012 @ 3:56 pm
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  14. CharlieComment by vietnamvet
    August 29, 2012 @ 3:58 pm

    … err … maybe it’s Sheriff Joe …
    Romney should appoint him Secretary of State, er sumthin’ …

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    • canada3dayerComment by canada3dayer
      August 30, 2012 @ 2:17 am

      Sheriff Arpaio would be a great head of Homeland Security. there’d finally be some common sense there.

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  15. BillComment by Bill
    August 29, 2012 @ 4:16 pm

    I sure hope it isn’t Rush Limbaugh. Rush Limbaugh paid Christ-blasphemer Elton John one million dollars to sing at his 4th marriage. That’s right, the leader of the “conservative movement” had a Christ-blaspheming, sodomite sing at his wedding and he paid him a million dollars to do it! Elton John declared Jesus to be a sodomite. John is outspoken in his efforts to legitimize and legalize homosexuality and homosexual marriage everywhere.
    Elton John now has a million more dollars in his pocket to further his filthy agenda in the earth thanks to the heir apparent of the conservative movement in America. (“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also – Mt. 6:21). Limbaugh’s actions reveal his heart.

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  16. genesalComment by genesal
    August 29, 2012 @ 4:17 pm

    TED NEWGENT! Yeah that’s it!

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    • Dingbat36Comment by Dingbat36
      August 29, 2012 @ 4:59 pm

      YEAH!

      Kill ‘em and grill ‘em.

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    • bulldogComment by bulldog
      August 29, 2012 @ 6:08 pm

      Yeah, but that is Ted Nugent.

      I got a stranglehold on you BO.

      I think I here the SS at my door for saying that!

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    • KAHR50Comment by KAHR50
      August 30, 2012 @ 8:15 am

      I love Uncle Ted, but he is way to blunt and says what we all think – and then gets detained for questioning – for him to be anyting but controversial and perhaps detrimental when re-televised out of context in an ‘o’ advertisement.

      Sad days when common sense becomes political gunpowder.

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  17. Robert MeyerComment by Robert Meyer
    August 29, 2012 @ 4:24 pm

    not sure who would agravate obam more maybe reverend rice??

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  18. sistertereseComment by sisterterese
    August 29, 2012 @ 4:24 pm

    Chik-Fil-A president!

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  19. joeontherightComment by joeontheright
    August 29, 2012 @ 4:27 pm

    I think it should be Obama himself done by playing a collection of his lies and flip-flops. We all know that there is plenty of that sort of stuff to last for hours.

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  20. wolfComment by wolf
    August 29, 2012 @ 4:37 pm

    Chuck Norris gets my vote.

    If not him…then bring on Dirty Harry.
    (Dirty Harry could then “do way” with Dingy Harry) LOL

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  21. trishcuitComment by trishcuit
    August 29, 2012 @ 4:44 pm

    Mystery speaker? Hmmm…a hologram of President Reagan? Just kidding…I think.

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  22. mvotano58Comment by mvotano58
    August 29, 2012 @ 5:04 pm

    “Right turn Clyde”.

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    • canada3dayerComment by canada3dayer
      August 30, 2012 @ 2:19 am

      hahahahahahaha! good one!

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  23. Libby MillerComment by Libby Miller
    August 29, 2012 @ 5:33 pm

    I cannot see Nancy being the mystery speaker, but I can see Clint Eastwood doing it. Either one would be good. I think Nance would have more emotional appeal. Just don’t know if she is up to it at her age.

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  24. gnafuComment by gnafu
    August 29, 2012 @ 5:51 pm

    Hope it is C. Rice. She has a good head on her shoulders and knows foreign policy frontward and backward. I saw her in the crowd last night and this woman absolutely astounds me with her grace and knowledge.

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    • LAPhilComment by LAPhil
      August 29, 2012 @ 6:16 pm

      She’s already scheduled to speak tonight.

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  25. Frankly FrankComment by Frankly Frank
    August 29, 2012 @ 6:13 pm

    Come on guys you can do better than that. Let your minds unravel; let your minds go to one hellaciously funny corner of your head. Speculate greatly. It’s fun. I choose either Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reed. This would be funnier than all get out.

    This is in jest and would surely set the flippin media on their ear wouldn’t it? LOL Obama might need a change of shorts as well.

    OK it may be Clint Easywood. Gee, can’t have any fun.

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