The RNC introduced that in 2024 will maintain a conference in Milwaukee

The convention location was unanimously approved by RNC members in a closed-door vote Friday morning at the party’s annual summer meeting here. McDaniel was joined by former White House chief of staff and former RNC chairman Reince Priebus, as well as members of the party’s Wisconsin delegation.

“Over the next two years, we look forward to working with the mayor and everyone in the community to make this event highlight not only our candidate … but the great city that is Milwaukee,” McDaniel said.

Milwaukee’s Democratic mayor, Cavalier Johnson, defended the decision to host the convention in his city, telling CNN that the move “doesn’t mean” Milwaukee is “signing on to the Republican Party platform.”

“My position, and I think most Democrats understand this, is that this is not a political decision, this is a business decision,” Johnson said. “This will give us the opportunity to have a multi-million dollar economic impact … to fill our restaurants, our bars, our hotels and support our hospitality industry, which of course has been hit recently by Covid.” couple of years”.

Johnson joined McDaniel Friday to formally unveil Milwaukee as the chosen convention site, just days after Nashville dropped out of contention as a possible alternative. Milwaukee began its bid to host the convention nearly a year ago, and city representatives announced in February. met with RNC officials as they toured the finalist cities, which at the time included Salt Lake City and Pittsburgh. Later, both cities were removed from the competition.

Later on Friday, the former President Donald Trump plans to hold a rally in the Milwaukee suburb of Waukesha to campaign for Tim Michels, the GOP candidate for governor, ahead of next week’s statewide primary election. Trump’s continued popularity with the GOP base will likely make him the front-runner for a abundant in 2024 GOP primaries whether he will launch another presidential campaign as widely expected.
Johnson, who said he would actively campaign for President Joe Bidenreelection in 2024dismissed security concerns over the protests surrounding the convention in Milwaukee, including the fact that Trump, one of the most polarizing figures in American politics, is the Republican nominee.

“I think any time you put on a large-scale event, there’s potential for that kind of activity. Our police department is very knowledgeable and I think they’re prepared for the convention,” Johnson said, noting that Milwaukee was originally slated to host the 2020 event. the Democratic National Convention until it went virtual during the coronavirus pandemic.

“The police in Milwaukee are already well prepared for this and will certainly be in a great position to do what we set out to do last time,” Johnson said.

This story has been updated with additional announcements about the selection.

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