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Will mystery speaker make the RNC's day?

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Published:   |   Updated: March 19, 2013 at 01:38 AM
TAMPA -

OK, Republican delegates. Ready for someone to make your day?

It could happen tonight, when a so-called mystery speaker is revealed during the party's national convention at the Forum.

The RNC lists "To Be Announced" as a speaker just before Sen. Marco Rubio and presidential nominee Mitt Romney address delegates. Since the schedule came out, media and delegates have taken their shots at filling in that blank.

Several reports on Wednesday cite party sources as saying it could be actor-director Clint Eastwood, of "Dirty Harry" and "Million Dollar Baby" fame.

Eastwood is a Romney supporter, and Townhall.com quoted a source who said the actor is due in Florida today. But does that mean Eastwood's the one?

Other names have been tossed out. Could it be Sarah Palin? Donald Trump? Conservative rocker and gun advocate Ted Nugent? CIA director and retired Gen. David Petraeus, a former head of U.S Central Command out of MacDill Air Force Base.

How about a hologram video of revered former President Ronald Reagan?

There's even a rumor it could be New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow. The Jets play a preseason game tonight, but the former Florida Gators' star isn't expected to play and team owner Woody Johnson is a Romney supporter, according to the New York Post.

The GOP would "neither confirm or deny mystery speaker."

"If there was a mystery speaker and we told you who it was ... it wouldn't be a mystery anymore," Russ Schriefer, a stategist with the Romney campaign, said during a conference call.

So we'll have to tune in tonight.

"To Be Announced" will follow remarks from Olympic athletes Michael Eruzione, Derek Parra and Kim Rhode, sometime after 9 p.m.

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