[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/06/11/art.megmc.ap.jpg caption="Meghan McCain gave her father an early Father's Day gift."]
(CNN)—Meghan McCain gave her father an early Father’s Day gift Friday when she changed her political party affiliation from an Independent to a Republican.
Joined by her mother, Cindy McCain, the younger McCain re-registered at the State Capitol Executive Building in Phoenix, Arizona.
In a statement on the aspiring first daughter’s blog, Meghan McCain explained she made the decision as a symbol of commitment to her father.
Meghan McCain, who was registered as an Independent since she was old enough to vote, said in a statement the choice represents her faith in her father’s “ability to be an effective leader for our country and to grow and strengthen the Republican Party when he is elected President of the United States.
“Happy Father's Day, Dad!” she also said.