The convention, which begins Aug. 27 in Tampa, Fla., is expected to see Mitt Romney confirmed as the GOP presidential nominee. It could also be the forum for Romney’s announcement of his running mate. McDonnell’s name has repeatedly come up in speculation for Romney’s short list of vice presidential possibilities. The popular governor, who can only serve one term, indicated in late May that he had not yet been asked for vetting information, but declined to answer questions on the subject starting last month.
Co-chairmen Sen. John HoevenJohn HoevenOvernight Defense: White House threatens to veto Gitmo bill GOP senators fight female draft in defense bill Majority of GOP senators to attend Trump convention MORE (R-N.D.) and Rep. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnOvernight Healthcare: Mylan CEO faces bipartisan outrage over EpiPen pricing House panel votes to hold fetal tissue company in contempt Top Dem to GOP leaders: Halt panel's plan to charge firm tied to Planned Parenthood MORE (R-Tenn.) will join McDonnell on the committee. Hoeven discussed some of the issues the committee will face in an interview with The Hill last month.
McDonnell promised to listen to “voters across the country” as he begins the process of preparing the platform, and Blackburn promised to offer solutions.
The committee is scheduled to meet Aug. 19-21 in Tampa, according to the press release from convention organizers.
--Updated at 6:20 p.m.