U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) appears at he podium during the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on August 28, 2012 in Tampa, Florida.
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TAMPA, Fla. - In modern day political conventions there are few surprises. Candidates and political parties don't like surprises, that is unless they are the ones behind them.
The three-page roster of speakers and entertainers for the closing night of the Republican National Convention includes, Newt and Callista Gingrich, a video tribute to Ronald Reagan, a performance by Taylor Hicks and an appearance of several former Olympians supporting Mitt Romney.
But there is one slot, just before Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduces Romney, that is listed as "to be announced."
Speculation has grown the speaker will be actor Clint Eastwood. Other names floated around the convention as possibilities though include Donald Trump, former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and New York Jets Quarterback and former Florida Gator Tim Tebow.
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