TAMPA, Fla. — It is one of the time-honored rituals of national political conventions — the roll call of the states, when some elected official or party leader stands up to announce the delegate votes for the presidential candidate and touts the character and people of his or her home state.
In the past few conventions, the names of Oklahoma athletes and sports teams, country music stars, pageant winners, politicians and, of course, Will Rogers, have been cited to convention goers with pride by Oklahoma leaders.
If all goes as planned at the Republican National convention Tuesday, Gov. Mary Fallin will do the honors.
She declined to divulge on Monday what she might say.
“We're going to keep that surprise,” she said. “There are a lot of different choices. I will tell you this: Oklahoma's got a lot of bragging rights so it will be hard to narrow down that list.”
Asked by The Oklahoman, some of the state's Republicans at the convention offered suggestions for whom Fallin should mention or how she should describe the state:
• Janna Little Ryan
Lynn Windel, of Madill, a longtime state party leader, and U.S. Rep. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, both said the governor should mention the name of the Oklahoma native who is married to U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, the vice presidential candidate.