Charlotte Talks: Should Charlotte Host The RNC?

Jul 12, 2018

Thursday, July 12, 2018

FILE: Charlotte hosted the Democratic National Convention in 2012.
Credit Erin Keever

The supposed finalists to host the 2020 Republican Convention have been narrowed down to two and both candidates seem lukewarm over the prospects.  We’re one of those candidates but now, some are calling for more discussion about the wisdom of hosting the event.  Is it too late for debate?  We hear from two city council members. 

Charlotte and Las Vegas are reportedly the two finalists to be the host city for the 2020 Republican National Convention. Recent reports suggest Charlotte could be the frontrunner according to GOP sources. The RNC committee will announce their official selection next week, but debate over whether Charlotte should host or not has heated up in recent days.

City council members Tariq Bokhari and Braxton Winston in Charlotte Talks' Spirit Square studio.
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Vocal city council members have come out on both sides of the debate and another has called for an open dialog about hosting the convention. But is it too late for a debate? The city submitted a bid and hosted Republican party leaders for a site visit earlier this year.

City council is expected to vote on the issue on Monday. Ahead of the RNC decision next week, we'll talk with two of those council members about whether Charlotte should host the RNC, the city's chances of scoring the convention, and the potential economic impact.


Braxton Winston, At-large city council member, Democrat

Tariq Bokhari, City council member representing District 6, Republican