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Nashville Mayor: City Not Pursuing RNC

Dashiell Coleman

The city of Nashville, Tennessee  -- a possible site for a relocated Republican National Convention -- doesn’t plan to pursue all or parts of the event, according to the mayor’s office.

"Of course, we’re not surprised that any national convention would look at us," said Chris Song, a spokesperon for Democratic Mayor John Cooper. "And we do look forward to seeing our tourism and convention economy thrive again. We have no plans to use our limited public funds to recruit this convention at this time."

Two years ago, Nashville considered trying to host the this year's RNC but it declined to submit a formal bid.

The Republican National Committee has said it will tour the city as a possible relocation site for all or part of the convention. Republican Gov. Bill Lee invited the GOP to Nashville, which is a major tourist and convention destination.

The GOP has been feuding with N.C. Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper over what kind of convention it can have in Charlotte. President Trump wants to pack the Spectrum Center with 19,000 people, without social distancing or face masks.

But Cooper said Tuesday it's "very unlikely" that will happen.

In response, President Trump wrote on Twitter that the GOP will move the convention from the state. 

A spokesperson for RNC said Tuesday night that Republicans hope to keep the business parts of the convention in Charlotte, where it already has contracts for hotel rooms. That could mean that delegates meet in Charlotte and then quickly leave.

But the RNC said that President Trump won't come to the city for his acceptance speech.

Jacksonville Florida Mayor Lenny Curry, a Republican, said his city would like to host.

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Steve Harrison is WFAE's politics and government reporter. Prior to joining WFAE, Steve worked at the Charlotte Observer, where he started on the business desk, then covered politics extensively as the Observer’s lead city government reporter. Steve also spent 10 years with the Miami Herald. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, the Sporting News and Sports Illustrated.