Mar 2, 2022 - Politics

Inside the RNC's visit to Nashville

The Twelve Thirty Club.
The Twelve Thirty Club. Photo: Stephanie Amador/The Tennessean/USA Today Network

Republican National Committee members dined at the Twelve Thirty Club, had lunch at Grand Hyatt Nashville and visited the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum during a whirlwind visit to consider Music City as host of the 2024 convention.

  • Sen. Bill Hagerty, Gov. Bill Lee and former Gov. Bill Haslam were among the contingent that visited with RNC leaders, Politico reported.
  • Axios learned of the itinerary from multiple sources.

Why it matters: Milwaukee and Nashville are among the cities vying to host the RNC.

Zoom in: The group also toured the Music City Center and Bridgestone Arena — two city-owned facilities that would likely host the bulk of the convention.

Yes, but: Lee has said he wants Nashville to bid for both the Republican and Democratic conventions. The sense is that the RNC is far more likely, a fact that has ruffled leaders of the left-leaning city.

  • Metro Councilmember Bob Mendes and other council members sent a letter to Mayor John Cooper last month asking him to "immediately stop any efforts to recruit a 2024 convention."
  • "National politics are extremely polarized right now," councilmembers wrote in their letter. "These divisive issues and personalities have already had an impact on Nashville and we just don't need to be inviting that into our home."
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