Va. Gov. McDonnell to lead platform committee for GOP convention

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"The principles of our party and our vision for the country are contained in the Platform,” Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement. “It is a document of immense importance and a testament to our dedication to individual liberty, economic freedom, and limited government."

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 Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Rep. Marsha Blackburn (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.