New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, whose popularity among conservatives made him a subject of vice presidential speculation in Election 2012, has been given the role of delivering the second-most important speech at the Republican National Convention this summer.
So what will the always plain-spoken and often controversial Christie have to say?
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Christie told USA Today that he intends to make the case for electing former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney instead of focusing entirely on why Republicans believe President Barack Obama doesn't deserve a second term. He told the newspaper he is writing the 20-minute speech, the keynote address, himself.
"I'll try to tell some very direct and hard truths to people in the country about the trouble that we're in and the fact that fixing those problems is not going to be easy for any of them," Christie told USA Today.
Christie will join former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, U.S. Sen. and 2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain and other prominent party officials scheduled to speak at the convention, being held in Tampa late this month.
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