Rubio to lead off Sunshine Summit; Fiorina to close
Thursday, October 22, 2015
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida will lead off the three-day, 12-Republican presidential candidate Sunshine Summit forum in Orlando next month and Carly Fiorina will close.
The Republican Party of Florida, which is hosting the event at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel on Nov. 12-14, announced its Republican presidential candidate speaker schedule Thursday morning.
Rubio is set to speak at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 13. That gives him the lead-off slot for the presidential candidates, allowing him to set the bar and receive all the early news cycle coverage.
But it also puts Rubio at risk of being long forgotten in a news cycle that sees former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush taking the podium at 4 p.m. that day, and GOP front runner Donald Trump concluding the day with a 5:30 p.m. speech.
Dr. Ben Carson, number two to Trump in most polls and leading in recent polls in the Iowa GOP caucuses, is not on the schedule.
Fiorina, the California businesswoman who's been running third, fourth or fifth, will have the opportunity to close out the forum with a 4 p.m. speech on Saturday, assuming Carson does not land in the 5:30 position.
The Sunshine Summit also will feature speeches from Florida's GOP U.S. Senate candidates, and perhaps other elected officials. Those speeches have not yet been scheduled.
Here is the presidential lineup, released Thursday morning by the RPOF:
Friday, November 13, 2015:
11:30am U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida
12:30pm U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas
1:00 pm U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina
2:00 pm Former Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas
4:00 pm Former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida
5:30 pm Businessman Donald Trump of New York
Saturday, November 14, 2015:
11:00am Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania
1:00 pm Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana
1:30 pm U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky
2:00 pm Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey
2:30 pm Gov. John Kasich of Ohio
4:00 pm Businesswoman Carly Fiorina of California
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