In a normal year, there wouldn't be any question about whether prominent politicians would attend their party's presidential national convention.
But this hasn't been a normal year.
Put down Sen. Rob Portman right now as a maybe for the Republican National Convention events planned in Jacksonville at the end of August.
The Republican from Terrace Park on Thursday wouldn't commit to going.
It'll depend on where the coronavirus pandemic is by the end of August, Portman told reporters Thursday.
"We'll see where we are in late August," Portman said. "If I go, I'm going to go taking precautions."
Those precautions include wearing a mask and using hand sanitizer, he said.
"I wear my mask dutifully," Portman said. "I use hand sanitizer. I keep my social distance. You've probably seen me on the floor of the Senate with my mask on."
Portman isn't a delegate to the convention, but he's an honorary chairman of Trump's re-election campaign in Ohio. This also isn't the first time a Trump nominating convention has made for awkward moments for Portman.
In 2016, Portman made only a brief appearance at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland during the RNC that culminated in Trump's nomination for president. But he didn't speak at the convention in his home state. Instead, he spent time kayaking in the Cuyahoga River and holding his own mini-convention with former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich near the arena.
Right now, coronavirus cases are surging across the country, including in Hamilton County. The Republicans plan on holding in-person speeches and events for their national convention as of now.
When North Carolina's governor and Charlotte's mayor, both Democrats, would not commit to hosting the convention in Charlotte due to COVID-19 concerns, the RNC moved it to Jacksonville, where both the mayor and governor are Republican.
Trump plans on giving an Aug. 27 speech at an arena in Jacksonville.
In contrast, the Democrats will make most of its convention in Milwaukee virtual, with events streamed over the internet. The DNC this month told state delegates not to travel to Milwaukee.
Portman was also non-committal on Trump's decision to hold in-person rallies. Trump in Tulsa on Saturday held his first in-person rally since the pandemic began.
Would Portman support Trump holding rally in Cincinnati? He described the question as "hypothetical."
"As far as I know, he's not planning any rallies in Cincinnati," Portman said. "I believe we ought to be careful, because no one wants to see the spread."