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Thune gets prime-time speech at GOP convention

Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., will take the stage at the Republican Party's national convention next week during a prime-time speaking slot on Wednesday, Aug. 29, according to information provided to the Daily Republic by Thune's staff.

The convention convenes in Tampa, Fla., at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time with a call to order and other orders of business. Thune will be the be the second to address the convention, third if you count an introduction by temporary convention chairman and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

The Murdo native is scheduled to take the stage after Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. A video presentation is set to be shown between McCain's remarks and Thune's speech.

Other scheduled speakers read like a list of prominent vice presidential contenders. Thune will be followed by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

A video presentation will follow Rice's remarks, and the vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan will address the convention.