Politics, science at odds in argument over whether and how to hold Republican convention in Charlotte
Although Pres. Donald Trump tweeted that he will move the Republican National Convention out of Charlotte, the reality is more complicated.Posted — Updated
Although Pres. Donald Trump tweeted that he will move the Republican National Convention out of Charlotte, the reality is more complicated.
Republican leaders say Cooper's hesitation could cost the state $130 million.
A convention official told WRAL News Wednesday that some parts of the convention could still happen in Charlotte. The primetime elements of the convention could move elsewhere. If so, the convention would be split.
Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, who is challenging Cooper for the governor's office in November criticized his opponent, saying, "When other states' 'science and 'data' shows that it is safe to host a convention in August, it is clear the Cooper administration is playing politics."
House Speaker Tim Moore concurred. "I think it’s a real travesty, that the governor lets politics, his political beliefs, get in the way, and ruins this opportunity for the state," he said.
"While we may wish we can do those things and be close to one another, the reality is it's dangerous," Wohl said.
"I think mass gatherings without hand hygiene, without masking – it’s a dangerous opportunity for the virus to spread," he said.
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