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McDonnell to speak at GOP convention

Gov. Bob McDonnell has been given a speaking slot at the Republican National Convention in Tampa at the end of August.

McDonnell is one of six “headliners” the GOP announced this morning. They also include Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal and Ohio senator Rob Portman, who like McDonnell was believed to be a vice-presidential contender before presidential candidate Mitt Romney chose Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate last week. Another speaker is Artur Davis, who had spoken at the Democratic National Convention in 2008 and now has made a high-profile switch in support.

The email announcing the speakers doesn’t say when they’ll get their stage time. The convention runs from Aug. 27-30.

McDonnell is head of the RNC’s “platform committee” at the convention, meaning he’s in charge of helping draft the party’s statement of its principles and beliefs.