Pawlenty back in the limelight, earns top speaking spot at RNC

Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty has been chosen to speak in front of a national television audience on the third day of the Republican National Convention in Tampa next week. Pawlenty will address the crowd Wednesday evening before Romney's running mate, Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan, gives his keynote speech.
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Former Governor Tim Pawlenty has been scheduled for a prime-time speaking slot next Wednesday at the GOP Convention in Tampa as part of the build-up to presidential candidate Mitt Romney's running mate, Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan, the Star Tribune reports.

Pawlenty will take the stage just before former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice sometime after 7:30 p.m., according to the RNC schedule released Wednesday. Ryan will give the keynote speech that evening.

The former presidential candidate was on the short list to be Romney's running mate, but didn't make the cut.

Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann, also a former contender for the presidential nomination, was left out of the 22 Republicans chosen to address the crowd.

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