Republican National Committee will not hold virtual convention: chairwoman

Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said the GOP will “not be holding a virtual convention” this summer, vowing the gathering in North Carolina will be held at least partly in person despite the coronavirus pandemic.

“It’s quite a ways away, and there’s ample time for us to adjust, if necessary,” McDaniel said Monday in a call with reporters, according to the Associated Press.

When asked about the possibility that the Minnesota Republican Party’s online convention could be disrupted by hackers, McDaniel said, “We will not be holding a virtual convention.”

Republicans are scheduled to hold the convention where President Trump will be selected as the nominee Aug. 24-27 in Charlotte, N.C.

The Democratic National Committee rescheduled its convention from July to Aug. 17-20 in Milwaukee, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has suggested it be moved to a larger facility that would allow for social distancing.

McDaniel also said the RNC has hired a medical adviser for the convention and will have to work with Charlotte’s mayor and North Carolina’s governor about logistics.

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