Nashville Mayor John Cooper speaks out on hosting RNC, DNC in 2024

Mayor John Cooper. Photo: Leah Puttkammer / Getty Images

Nashville Mayor John Cooper will focus on finances when it comes to bringing Republican or Democratic national conventions to the city in 2024.

  • Cooper spokesperson Ben Eagles told Axios the city’s economic value should be a deciding factor.

Why is this important: Governor Bill Lee asked the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. to submit bids for Music City to host the RNC or the DNC in ’24.

  • Nashville’s bid to host the conventions was first reported by the Chattanooga Times Free Press.
  • Accommodation deals are usually chosen strategically with major cities in the swing states in mind.

What they say : The prospect of Liberal Nashville hosting the RNC highlights Cooper, who is a Democrat.

  • “We’re always going to listen if there’s a chance to host a major event in Nashville, if that makes financial sense for the city,” Eagles said. “During the bidding process, as with any other convention, Mayor Cooper will be careful not to incur additional costs to the city. “

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