GOP Georgia Gov Kemp steps up and offers to host RNC convention as Dem North Carolina gov waffles

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The state of Georgia took the lead in its reopening efforts and the early indications suggest that the state made the right decision.

Looking to take advantage of the momentum, Republican Gov. Brian Kemp took to Twitter on Tuesday to offer to host the 2020 Republican National Convention in his home state.

“With world-class facilities, restaurants, hotels, and workforce, Georgia would be honored to safely host the Republican National Convention,” he tweeted. “We hope you will consider the Peach State, @realdonaldtrump!”

The president said in a tweet Sunday that moving the convention, which is slated to be held in Charlotte, North Carolina, may be a reluctant necessity.

“I love the Great State of North Carolina,” the president tweeted Sunday. “So much so that I insisted on having the Republican National Convention in Charlotte at the end of August.”

He went on to say that Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper is still in shutdown mode and is unable to guarantee that full attendance will be allowed by August.

Saying the GOP would spend millions of dollars getting the facility prepared, Trump essentially pressured Cooper to “immediately” give them a definitive answer.

“If not,” he concluded, “we will be reluctantly forced to find, with all of the jobs and economic development it brings, another Republican National Convention site. This is not something I want to do. Thank you, and I LOVE the people of North Carolina!”

The president also shut down rumors put out by the New York Times that he may be  considering Trump National Doral golf resort near Miami, saying he’d “like to stay in N.C.”

He tweeted: “I have zero interest in moving the Republican National Convention to Doral in Miami, as falsely reported by the Fake News @nytimes in order to stir up trouble. Ballroom is not nearly big enough & would like to stay in N.C., whose gov. doesn’t even know if he can let people in?”

Times reporters Maggie Haberman and Annie Karni reported last week that Trump has “shown a new openness to participating in a scaled-down event,” adding that he “has mused aloud to several aides about why the convention can’t simply be held in a hotel ballroom in Florida, given all of the health concerns and the fact that Florida is further along in reopening portions of the state.”

Vice President Mike Pence visited Georgia on Friday, joining Gov. Kemp for lunch, as he praised the state as “an example to the nation.”

“In a very real sense, I think history will record that Georgia helped lead the way back to a prosperous American economy,” Pence told reporters.

There’s nothing to suggest that the convention came up — Trump’s tweets came two days later — but Kemp did have a golden opportunity to sell the administration on his state.

Tom Tillison

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The longest-tenured writer at BizPac Review, Tom grew up in Maryland before moving to Central Florida as a young teen. It is in the Sunshine State that he honed both his passion for politics and his writing skills.
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