(USA Features) The head of the Republican National Committee said the coronavirus outbreak will not stop the party from having its convention in August in Charlotte, N.C., as scheduled.
“We are full steam ahead,” Rona McDaniel said in a telephone interview Friday. “We’re ready to go.”
Her statement comes less than 24 hours after President Donald Trump released new guidelines on how best to reopen the country and the economy as the pandemic begins to subside.
The Democratic Party decided to postpone its mid-July Milwaukee convention to nominate former Vice President Joe Biden until Aug. 17.
Biden said recently he may have to accept the nod virtually rather than attend, given he is in an age group that his highly susceptible to contracting the virus.
Most people who have died from the virus are over the age of 60 and/or have co-morbidities, especially heart disease and obesity.
McDaniel said corporate funding for the RNC event was still in place and that no one had bailed. She added that, after consulting with President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, all agreed that the RNC would reassess the situation in early July to see if contingency plans will need to be made.
She added that RNC bylaws require that delegates meet in person, in some way, to nominate their candidate, in this case, Trump. The president won’t have access to the hundreds of millions he has helped raise until then.
“A virtual convention is not on the table for us. So no matter what, we will be having a physical convention — or, a physical nominating process,” McDaniel said.