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Gov. Ron DeSantis Says Florida Would ‘Love’ To Host Republican National Convention

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Henry Rodgers Senior Congressional Correspondent
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Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday he would love for his state to host the Republican National Convention after possible talks about moving it from Charlotte, North Carolina to a state that has fully reopened, such as Florida.

“Florida would love to have the RNC,” DeSantis said at a press conference in Miami. “Heck, I’m a Republican, it would be good for us to have the RNC in terms of the economic impact when you talk about major events like that. So my posture on all this is we should try to get it done as best we can in accordance with whatever safety requirements.”

The comments come as Republican Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp also said he wants the upcoming convention to be relocated to his state. (RELATED: Gov. Kemp Wants Trump To Move The Republican National Convention To Georgia)

“With world-class facilities, restaurants, hotels, and workforce, Georgia would be honored to safely host the Republican National Convention. We hope you will consider the Peach State,” Kemp tweeted Tuesday. (RELATED: Pence Weighs In On Trump’s Comments About Pulling Republican National Convention Out Of North Carolina)

President Donald Trump speaks at the daily coronavirus briefing at the White House April 20, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Vice President Mike Pence shared his opinion Monday morning about possibly moving the convention. In an appearance on Fox & Friends, Pence was asked about Trump’s comments on Twitter where he said he would pull the convention out of Charlotte if Democratic Governor Roy Cooper does not lift the current social distancing rules.

“I love the Great State of North Carolina, so much so that I insisted on having the Republican National Convention in Charlotte at the end of August,” Trump said on Twitter. “Unfortunately, Democrat Governor, [Roy Cooper] is still in Shutdown mood & unable to guarantee that by August we will be allowed full attendance in the Arena.”

Pence was asked about Trump’s comments, to which he responded by naming three states that are currently open and have lifted their social distancing rules, including Georgia, Florida, and Texas. (RELATED: Trump Threatens To Pull Republican National Convention Out Of North Carolina)

The Democratic Party has postponed its convention, which was scheduled to be held in Tampa, Florida in mid-July, to mid-August.