The COVID-19 pandemic has forced President Donald Trump and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden to halt campaign rallies.
Some governors are even going as far as telling both campaigns that they cannot host their respective party’s convention this summer unless they comply with that particular states’ restrictions and guidelines.
The Republican Party was scheduled to hold its convention in North Carolina, until the governor recently declared that it would only be permitted if a major chunk of the audience — delegates, media, attendees, lawmakers, and so on — were dramatically reduced.
During an interview Tuesday morning on Fox and Friends, Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said several states have come forward and offered to host the Republican convention “as normal” and without restrictions.
Republican governors in Texas, Florida, and Georgia have publicly asked the RNC to hold the event in their states this August.
McDaniel also pressed North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper to be more specific about what he is proposing — otherwise, Republicans may take the convention to a new state.
“The president is right to say to the governor, ‘You need to assure us before we lock in all these hotel rooms and we bring all of this revenue to your state that you’re going to let us have this convention,’” McDaniel said.
“There’s a lot of states that are calling the president right now saying, ‘Hey, why don’t you bring that revenue to our state,’” she added.
“We want to have it in North Carolina. The president loves North Carolina, it’s just the governor and he’s got to work with us,” McDaniel said. “Every state we talk to is saying, we want to nominate the president here. They’re so excited to have that.”
“But this governor is up for reelection. He hasn’t given us the assurances we need. We need to be able to move forward in a concrete way,” she concluded.
Trump has also taken issue with Cooper’s last-minute stunt and did not mince his words about it on Twitter this week.
So what other states have reached out to the RNC?
Here’s more from NBC:
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp sent an open plea to Trump on Tuesday to consider his state as an alternate site for the quadrennial convention, which is set to gather more than 2,500 delegates and thousands more guests, press and security officials. Plans have been underway for more than a year to hold the convention in Charlotte, but Trump and national Republican officials have expressed concerns that local officials may not allow gatherings of that size during the pandemic.
Kemp’s offer was followed by one from Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who told reporters at a Miami news conference that he “would love” to have the GOP or even the Democratic convention, as either would bring millions of dollars to the state. The Republican governor said if Trump decides to move the GOP convention, it presumably would have to abide by any federal health guidelines and Florida would do its part to uphold them.
Texas lawmakers are encouraging Trump and the RNC to hold the event in the Lone Star state.
“Texas would welcome President Trump and the RNC Convention,” Texas Republican Party Chairman James Dickey said to the Austin American-Statesman. “Until then, based upon Gov. Abbott’s progress in opening Texas, we are on track for our state convention as planned in person in Houston in July.”