RNC IN JAX: Vice President Pence in Jacksonville delivers remarks on the 2020 RNC

RNC IN JAX: Vice President Pence in Jacksonville delivers remarks on the 2020 RNC
Supporters lined the streets to welcome Vice President Pence to town. (WJAX/WFOX)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Vice President Mike Pence was in Jacksonville Saturday to meet with members of the RNC host committee. According to the the Vice President’s schedule, he spoke at a private event, not open to the media.

Supporters lined San Jose Boulevard to welcome Pence and his wife Karen. Duval GOP President Dean Black told Action News Jax they came to thank members of the host committee for their hard work.

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Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena in Downtown Jacksonville was designated as the primary location for the Republican National Convention. Thursday, the RNC host committee confirmed outdoor venues like TIAA Bank Field and 121 Financial Ballpark will also host some events.

The event is drawing some criticism. Doctors from around Florida sent letters to Governor Ron DeSantis and Mayor Lenny Curry asking the event be postponed or downsized because of Covid-19 concerns. And Thursday, a lawsuit was filed against the City of Jacksonville demanding organizers guarantee safety measures like mandatory masks and physical distancing.

The Republican National Convention is scheduled to begin August 24th.