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Hutchison Gets Prime-Time Speaking Slot at RNC

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), discussed as having an outside chance of being selected as Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) running mate, will be speaking on the Wednesday evening of the Republican National Convention — the same night that will feature McCain’s No. 2 pick.

According to Hutchison’s office, the Senator will speak at 8 p.m. CDT on Sept. 3. Her address before Republican delegates in St. Paul, Minn., will focus on energy and taking action to stem high gasoline prices.

“I can think of no issue that directly impacts families more than surging energy prices,” Hutchison said in a statement on Tuesday afternoon. “I look forward to addressing the most important issue facing the country and offering clear, sensible, realistic solutions.”

Hutchison is seen as an unlikely pick for McCain’s ticket. Popular at home, she has already telegraphed her intention to run for governor in 2010, even though Gov. Rick Perry (R) could run again and has expressed interest in doing so.

Her slot as a speaker at the GOP convention doesn’t necessarily mean she is out of the running to be selected as a vice presidential candidate. Sen. Joseph Biden (D-Del.) was slated to speak at the this week’s Democratic National Convention in Denver before being tapped to be Sen. Barack Obama’s (D-Ill.) No. 2.