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December 22, 2014

RNC Narrows 2016 Convention Sites to Cleveland, Dallas (Video)

The Republican National Committee announced Wednesday that Dallas and Cleveland are the finalists to host the party’s 2016 national convention.

“After extensive review the site selection committee has chosen Cleveland and Dallas as finalists for the 2016 convention,” RNC Site Selection Chairwoman Enid Mickelsen said in a statement. “Cleveland and Dallas demonstrated their ability to host a phenomenal convention in 2016, and the RNC is excited about the prospect of hosting our convention in either of these great cities.”

Denver and Kansas City were eliminated with this decision. Las Vegas and Cincinnati took themselves out of contention two months ago.

In a statement responding to its elimination, the Kansas City bid team stated that a formal announcement for the 2016 host city is expected to be made at the RNC’s summer meeting in Chicago in early August.

“The committee extends our sincere thanks and gratitude to Denver and Kansas City for their hard work and dedication to this effort,” Mickelsen added. “Both teams should be proud of their work.”

  • JayfromBrooklyn

    Cleveland, definitely. Having it is Dallas will just reinforce the impression that they are a Southern party.

    • southerndemnut

      I could see the RNC picking Cleveland the same way as the DNC picked Charlotte last go around. It highlights the swing nature of Ohio and the RNC playing outside their base. The problem is that Cincinnati would have been a better choice. The Cleveland area is heavily Democratic with no chance of being swayed. Cleveland is highly unionized and the city has a high minority population. Furthermore, the RNC delegates might find less to do in Cleveland than other cities. Ironically, Ronald Reagan was nominated for President the first time in Detroit in 1980, however Detroit was not nearly as bad off as it is today.

  • Firey Hooks

    If the differences between each of us were not so striking, the ideas of individual worth and individual liberty would not be so important.

  • Pie Thon

    To justify and wield arbitrary power, those who preach from collectivism’s altar often attempt to hijack democracy’s ideal by claiming that majority rule is absolute.

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