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Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin to speak at GOP national convention

Oklahoma's governor is named as one of the headline speakers. Her selection as a speaker indicates Fallin, considered a long-shot vice presidential possibility, is out of the vice presidential sweepstakes.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT Modified: August 7, 2012 at 8:47 pm •  Published: August 7, 2012

Gov. Mary Fallin, the first woman to serve as both Oklahoma lieutenant governor and governor, will be a headline speaker at the Republican National Convention later this month.

Her selection as a speaker at the Tampa, Fla., convention is a signal she is out of the vicepresidential sweepstakes, Matt Pinnell, chairman of the Oklahoma Republican Party, said Tuesday.

Fallin, the first woman elected to Congress from Oklahoma since the 1920s, was mentioned in April as a long-shot vice presidential possibility for the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

“Her name even being mentioned is impressive,” Pinnell said.

“I don't think there's any doubt she's a national conservative leader.”

“I'm happy right where I'm at here in Oklahoma,” said Fallin, who campaigned last week for Romney in Colorado and Ohio. “There's certainly a tremendous amount of work to do.”

Fallin, who spoke to the Republican National Convention four years ago in St. Paul, Minn., was among four speakers named Tuesday as headline speakers for the national convention.

The exact time and date of Fallin's speech will be announced later. The GOP convention is Aug. 27-30.

Fallin in 2008 spoke about two hours before Republican presidential nominee U.S. Sen. John McCain accepted his party's nomination. She spoke of the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building and reminded the audience how a domestic act of terrorism changed Oklahoma City.

Fallin said she likely will talk about the economy and how Oklahoma is faring after the 2008 national recession.

“This election is going to be about getting our economy back on track, creating jobs and reducing our deficit,” Fallin said. “In Oklahoma, we have one of the lowest unemployment rates of 4.7 percent while the national unemployment rate is 8.2.”

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