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Posted at 04:17 PM ET, 08/27/2012

McDonnell’s daughter to address Republican National Convention

Like father, like daughter.

One day after Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell addresses the Republican National Convention, one of his children will have the same honor.

Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) (Steve Earley - Associated Press)
Jeanine McDonnell, 31, who served in Iraq from 2005 to 2006 as an Army platoon leader, will introduce Sen. John McCain of Arizona just before 8 p.m. Wednesday. She will do so alongside a fellow veteran who was wounded in combat.

Like her father’s prime time speech Tuesday, Jeanine McDonnell’s appearance is seen as another nod to the importance that Virginia will play in the presidential race.

Obama took the state in 2008, breaking the Democrats’ 40-year losing streak.

Jeannine McDonnell is no stranger to the spotlight. She campaigned for her father, sang the National Anthem at his 2010 inauguration, and in 2009 made an endorsement video for U.S. Rep. Scott Rigell (R-Va.).

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