Cleveland received a bit of unexpected news Wednesday afternoon as the Republican National Committee announced the city is in the running with Dallas to host their 2016 national convention.
“The Cleveland Host Committee clearly demonstrated that Cleveland is the ideal location to host the convention,” said Matt Borges, chairman of the Ohio Republican Party. “We will continue to work with them to bring the convention to the nation's most important political battleground. Ohio is a model for the nation and there would be no better launching point for the next President of the United States."
Republicans eliminated Kansas City and Denver from consideration leaving just Cleveland and Dallas.
“Cleveland and Dallas demonstrated their ability to host a phenomenal convention in 2016,” said Enid Mickelsen, chairwoman of the RNC’s Site Selection Committee. “These world class cities know how to roll out the welcome mat, and more importantly they have the ability to provide our next presidential nominee a launching pad that will put a Republican in the White House in 2016.”
Republicans say they plan to announce the winning city by August 8.
Democrats also announced that six cities, including Columbus and Cleveland, remain on the list to possibly host their national convention in 2016.
“Our proposal to the DNC shows that Columbus has all the right ingredients to do what it takes to be a host,” said Rep Joyce Beatty. “Plus we understand it is about people—we will treat delegates and guests like part of our great, diverse, fun family.”
The other cities in contention are Birmingham, New York, Philadelphia and Phoenix.
Democrats plan to announce their convention city by late 2014 or early 2015.