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Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin will not speak at GOP convention

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BNO NEWS) -- Former U.S. vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin on Sunday said she will not speak at the Republican National Convention in Florida later this month, saying she will instead focus on rallying in support of candidates for the U.S. Congress.

Palin, 48, who previously served as the Governor of Alaska and was U.S. Senator John McCain's vice presidential nominee during the 2008 presidential elections, said she continues to support Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his newly announced running mate, Congressman Paul Ryan.

"This year is a good opportunity for other voices to speak at the convention and I'm excited to hear them," Palin said in a brief statement distributed by Fox News. "As I've repeatedly said, I support Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan in their efforts to replace President Obama at the ballot box, and I intend to focus on grassroots efforts to rally Independents and the GOP base to elect Senate and House members so a wise Congress is ready to work with our new President to get our country back on the right path."

She added: "Everything I said at the 2008 convention about then-candidate Obama still stands today, and in fact the predictions made about the very unqualified and inexperienced Community Organizer's plans to 'fundamentally transform' our country are unfortunately coming true."

The Republican National Convention will be held in Tampa, Florida, between August 27 and August 30 and will feature a number of high-profile Republican figures as speakers. Among those confirmed to be speakers are former presidential candidates John McCain and Rick Santorum. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice will also speak.

During the convention, which will host 2,286 delegates and 2,125 alternative delegates, the Republican Party will formally choose its presidential nominee to face incumbent Democratic President Barack Obama. The Republican National Committee previously declared Mitt Romney the party's presumptive nominee.

The U.S. presidential election is scheduled to be held on November 6.

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