Coleman Makes Pitch To Land Political Convention In Columbus


UPDATED: Wednesday February 20, 2013 4:07 PM

Will Columbus be in running to host a national political convention in 2016? Mayor Coleman said the city will make effort to land one

Knowing Ohio determines presidents, and Columbus helps tip the state one way or the other, mayor Michael Coleman said the city will press hard to land a major political convention in time for 2016.

"We're positioned now for a national convention.  We've just built a new convention hotel.  We have experience now bringing major conventions here.  We have places and destinations within our city where conventioneers can enjoy and be a part of. So, we're very well positioned," Coleman said.

At the Democratic Convention in Charlotte last August, Coleman told 10TV he felt Columbus was as equipped as Charlotte or Tampa to hold a major event.

"We will begin the process of going to the Republican and Democratic National Party and try to get them to hold either of those conventions in the city of Columbus,” he said.

Coleman said both parties should have an interest in central Ohio.

"It makes sense for either party to have it here because Ohio is always the state that determines the election, and Columbus is always the city that tips the state one way or another,” he added.

Cleveland has twice been considered to hold a national political convention but was ultimately not chosen.

Neither the Republican nor Democratic party has begun the process of choosing its 2016 convention sites.

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