Florida governor: ‘Would be good for us to have the DNC’
MADISON, Wis. (CBS 58) – Florida Governor Ron DeSantis expressed interest in holding the Republican and Democratic National Conventions in his state after President Trump signaled he may want to move the RNC out of North Carolina because he wants a full event, despite concerns such an event may cause an outbreak of COVID-19.
The president tweeted this week that North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, a democrat, is, “still in Shutdown mood & unable to guarantee that by August we will be allowed full attendance in the Arena.” President Trump added that if Cooper was unable to guarantee a full convention, the party may be forced to find another convention site.
Governors from Florida and Georgia pitched themselves as potential alternate sites as those states have been quicker to lift restrictions on public gatherings than North Carolina.
“Florida would love to have the RNC,” Gov. Ron DeSantis said in a news conference Tuesday. “Heck, I’m a Republican, it would be good for us to have the DNC in terms of the economic impact when you talk about major events like that.”
The president’s desire to move the RNC out of North Carolina would prove difficult as the Republican National Committee is contractually bound to the City of Charlotte to hold the event there. The Democratic National Committee has a similar contract with the City of Milwaukee.
Democrats and other officials have suggested the DNC will shift to a more virtual event, though no set plan has been announced.
DNC Host Committee CEO Joe Solmonese affirmed the party’s commitment to holding a Milwaukee-centric event this summer.
In a statement to CBS 58, Solmonese said, “As our plans continue to take shape, we will continue to monitor the impact COVID-19 is having on our country and follow the guidance of public health experts. America has changed because of coronavirus, and we need to change with it, but we’re determined to deliver an inspiring and successful convention here in Milwaukee this August.”
Earlier this month, the DNC’s Rules and Bylaws Committee voted to allow the host committee in Milwaukee to make any necessary adjustments to hold the convention safely. The full DNC is set to consider that proposal soon.