Colin Powell A No-show At RNC

The most popular Republican in the country will not be speaking at the Republican National Convention. Secretary of State Colin Powell will not even be there -- and may not be in the United States, according to U.S. officials.
Powell consistently has scored better than his boss in public-opinion polls, often by 20 points or more. But in keeping with tradition, Cabinet officials do not speak at the conventions -- or other campaign events. So Powell will not appear.

Oh really?

At the 1992 Republican convention in Houston, then-Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander, now a U.S. senator from Tennessee, was given a second-night prime-time slot.

What about this Cabinet Member this year?

Paige Given Prime Slot At the GOP Convention
It is a time slot often reserved for firebrand speakers and party favorites, and during the Republican National Convention next month, a portion of it will belong to Secretary of Education Rod Paige.

It's more like the time-honored tradition of not having a cabinet secretary speak at the Convention that would remind everyone of incredibly failed policies and strategies.


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