‘We Are Full Steam Ahead’: RNC Plans to Hold Nominating Convention as Planned

While the coronavirus has led sporting events and conferences to be postponed, the Republican National Committee (RNC) says it is planning on holding its summer nominating convention as originally scheduled.

“We are full steam ahead planning a traditional convention, working with our team on the ground … to conduct a traditional convention,” RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said during a conference call with reporters on Monday.

“We do not think at this time we have to switch to an alternative plan, but of course, we will monitor circumstances and adjust accordingly,” she added. 

The nominating convention is scheduled for the week of August 24 in Charlotte, North Carolina. 

McDaniel said the RNC would re-examine its convention plans in late-June or early-July to determine if changes need to be made because of the coronavirus. However, she said RNC rules require the convention to be held in person.

In a statement, the 2020 Republican National Convention President and CEO Marcia Lee Kelly said the committee is working to ensure the convention is able to follow coronavirus guidelines. 

“We recognize all major public events will require new processes and protective measures in response to COVID-19, and we are engaged with the relevant groups who will be helping to develop those guidelines to ensure we host a healthy and safe convention here in Charlotte.”

The Democratic National Committee announced that it would postpone its nominating convention, originally scheduled for the week of July 13 to the week of August 17, as IJR has previously reported

The RNC and DNC have ruled out the possibility of virtual conventions for the time being. But, former Vice President Joe Biden (D) says the DNC may have to hold a virtual convention because of the virus.