The governors of Georgia and Florida seized on a tweet from President Trump, making a bold move on Tuesday, offering his state’s hosting services for the Republican National Convention, which the party is contractually required to hold in Charlotte, N.C.
“I will say that it is OK that political conventions are political, but the pandemic response may not be,” Mr. Cooperstown said at a news conference on Tuesday. “We are talking about something that will happen three months from now and we do not know what our situation will be.”
Cooper added that his office had asked R.N.C. to make a written proposal to keep the Convention safe.
On the issue of the motion for a motion and the transfers from Georgia and Florida, an R.N.C. spokesman, Steve Guest, said: “R.N.C. want to hold a full personal convention in Charlotte, but we need the governor to make sure it can happen. We will need some answers sooner rather than later, or we will have to consider other alternatives. “
At a Rose Garden event on Tuesday, Trump said he wanted answers within a week.
When we saw an opening, Republican governors closed elsewhere. Georgia Governor Brian Kemp initiated the bid Tuesday morning, tweeting to the president that his state “would be honored to safely host the Republican National Convention.”
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said he would also be happy to host – “as best we can in accordance with any security requirements,” a reservation that cannot please a president who is looking for a guaranteed full-scale convention.
“Florida would love to have R.N.C.,” DeSantis said at a news conference in Miami. “Heck, I’m a Republican – it would be good for us to have D.N.C. when it comes to the economic impact when talking about big events like that.”
Trump is not a party to the contract signed by the Republican National Committee with Charlotte and does not have the authority to unilaterally move the convention, although he can exert pressure. His remarks are not in sync with the talks the host committee has with Mr. Cooper’s office.
Case of coronavirus is still increasing in North Carolina – the confirmed number is over 24,000, with at least 784 deaths – and there is no way for medical experts to predict if it will be safe for large groups, much less tens of thousands, to gather in August. Currently, the state limits indoor meetings to 10 people.
Mr. Cooper said on Tuesday that the conversations his office had with R.N.C. and the contingency planning it required was the same as those held with sports teams and other organizations hoping to hold major events in North Carolina.
“We have asked them to submit a plan on paper for us with different options that we have already discussed orally,” he said. “I hope we can find some kind of reasonable accommodation, but we will not sacrifice health and safety for the North Carolinians.”
Maggie Haberman and Patricia Mazzei contributed with the reporting.