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Gov. Mary Fallin to talk about Oklahoma 'spirit' in Republican National Convention speech

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, who is scheduled to address the convention in Tampa on Tuesday night, plans to tell nation that Oklahoma City oilman Harold Hamm exemplifies state's success
by Chris Casteel Published: August 27, 2012

Using an Oklahoma City oilman as an example, Gov. Mary Fallin plans to promote Oklahoma's wildcat spirit and its recent economic success in her prime time speech here Tuesday at the Republican National Convention, the governor said Monday.

Fallin, whose eight-minute speech is expected to occur about 7:15 p.m. Central time, said she would talk about the “spirit of Oklahoma” dating to the land run and its current energy industry success exemplified by Harold Hamm, chairman and CEO of Continental Resources.

Hamm, whose company has helped lead a boom in domestic oil production, is the energy adviser to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

In an interview, the governor said telling the state's success story at a convention focused partly on bashing President Barack Obama's economic and energy policies wouldn't contradict the Republican message since she also plans to explain why Romney is qualified to replicate Oklahoma's success across the country.

And though national political conventions have become tightly scripted affairs under the control of the presidential campaigns, Fallin said she got to write her own speech and pick her own dress.

Storm concerns

Fallin is speaking on what will now be the first night of the convention. Republican leaders canceled Monday's events because of Tropical Storm Isaac, which lashed this area Monday with gusty winds and intermittent rain but didn't cause the kinds of disruptions that convention organizers feared.

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by Chris Casteel
Washington Bureau
Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. After covering the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City, he moved to Washington in 1990, where...
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