November 24, 2014


UPDATED: Cleveland among finalists to host 2016 Republican National Convention

This Friday, June 14, 2013 file photo shows the street entrance to the convention center in Cleveland. ASSOCIATED PRESS

This Friday, June 14, 2013 file photo shows the street entrance to the convention center in Cleveland. ASSOCIATED PRESS

COLUMBUS — Ohio’s three largest cities — Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus — have been named finalists in the competition to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus named the three among the party’s eight finalists in a Twitter post Thursday. They join Denver, Dallas, Kansas City, Las Vegas and Phoenix.

It’s the first time in modern memory that all three have bid to host the convention in the same year, with Cincinnati’s bid coming in just under the wire of a Wednesday deadline.

Former long-time Ohio Republican Chairman Bob Bennett says he’d like to see the perennial swing state chosen.

“Not in all my time in politics I don’t ever recall three (Ohio) cities bidding at the same time,” Bennett said. “I’m in favor of it coming to the Midwest anyway, because Ohio is a battleground state.”

Party and city in the three Ohio metropolises are counting on the state’s pivotal role in electing presidents to boost the chances that the party will pick one of their cities for its biggest event.

No Republican has ever won the White House without carrying Ohio, and it’s been half a century since a Democrat — John F. Kennedy — won the presidency without Ohio.

The state also is known as “the mother of presidents,” with eight to its name.

Landing a convention is a potential boon to tourism for any host city, bringing visitors and attention to the area surrounding the event.

“It’s tremendous publicity for the host city, not only nationally but internationally,” Bennett said. “It would help economic development statewide if an Ohio city is chosen.”

With all three in the running, Ohio’s chances of hosting are heightened, though Las Vegas is widely considered the front-runner.

Representatives from the cities will make presentations at the site selection meeting in Washington on Monday.

RNC spokesman Ryan Mahoney said the panel will announce by mid-March the sites it will visit and name a narrowed list of finalists in late spring after making the visits. The full Republican National Committee will cast ballots for the host city in late summer or early fall.

Alex Triantafilou, chairman of the Hamilton County Republican Party, told supporters in an email Wednesday that Cincinnati’s bid has bipartisan and nonpartisan support. It also has the backing of political and business leaders in neighboring northern Kentucky.

Promoters of Cincinnati as the convention site also have been promoting the role of Hamilton County, in southwestern Ohio, as a pivotal area in the swing state. Barack Obama in 2008 became the first Democratic presidential candidate to carry Hamilton County since Lyndon Johnson did it in 1964, and he won it again in 2012 to help him take Ohio a second time.

Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman has been aggressively pitching the state’s capital city as a national convention venue both to Republicans and to fellow Democrats.

Members of both parties launched a joint effort in November — Columbus 2016 — aimed at landing one of the conventions for Columbus, which has never hosted.

The group estimated that landing a convention could mean as many as 45,000 visitors — 15,000 of them U.S. and international media — and $150 million to $200 million for the city’s economy.

Ohio has hosted five national political conventions. Democrats held theirs in Cincinnati in 1856 and 1880, and Republicans held theirs in Cincinnati in 1876 and in Cleveland in 1924 and 1936.

Bennett is from Cleveland and touted its newly renovated convention center and a major convention hotel slated for completion in early 2016 as assets. But he said he and other top GOP officials in the state are remaining officially neutral.

  • Phil Blank

    RNC names eight finalists for 2016 GOP convention
    Washington Post (blog)-34 minutes ago

    • golfingirl

      Makes sense to hold it in Ohio, since it is always a pivotal state.

      • stop ur whining part deux

        and they will not hold it hear and that is stupid. I would be shocked if they held it in Ohio. For such an important swing state, no one outside Ohio looks at it as much more than a $hithole. Ironic, we matter a ton every four years, in between we are ridiculed and laughed at.

  • golfingirl

    Ohio should be the choice, with Ted Nugent the Keynote speaker……lol

  • John Davidson

    This will be another “Waite until next time.”

  • SniperFire

    They might do it, but they would hold it in Columbus. Cleveland is a Democrat sheethole suffering from decades of Democrat political control – just like Elyria. Just look around at the results.

    • golfingirl

      One advantage to having it in Cleveland is we know the Cavs will likely not be in the playoffs and Quicken Loans arena will be available that time of year.

      • ekwaykway

        Downtown Cleveland is fine during the daytime, when all the stores are open and buisness people walk the streets. But when the sun goes down and the iron gates start to close on storefronts. Out come the dregs, panhandlers , just like the movie Escape From New York.

        • golfingirl

          But we have a beautiful new casino in Cleveland, along with all the new hotels and fine restaurants that have been built since its opening.

          Oh, I forgot, we were supposed to have a beautiful new casino on the river, but instead we have an old department store converted into a casino.

          And all the promised development that was to follow? Haven’t seen it yet.

          • ekwaykway

            And you won’t see it because of the stereotype the name Cleveland has. I tease Cleveland but Chicago is just the same actually. Hang around when the sun goes down and here come the dregs. Cleveland is much the same as most large cities, old days are gone.

    • Popper Popovich

      O like Alabama,Mississippi, Louisiana and all of
      those other bastions of republican thinking that are
      greatest moochers of all the states? Look around
      at those results.

      • SniperFire

        Did you know that blacks are three times the normal population distribution in Mississippi than in the average of other states? You do know who you are attacking, right?

        • Popper Popovich

          Yea so the majority of Oklahoma and Texas is
          white and they are moocher republican states.
          So what is your point?

          • SniperFire

            That Democrats live for handouts from the other guy, regardless of where they are located. Look around.

          • Popper Popovich

            I will remember that next time I read about GE and
            all the other Corporate Welfare. Let alone the big oil subsidies and tax breaks when I fuel up my car. Or the Big Farming interest getting paid to do nothing many times.
            Look around.

          • SniperFire

            Incentive for creating jobs and that sort of thing are very different than paying losers, aka Democrat voters, to spit out illegitimate children on the public dole. LOL

          • Popper Popovich

            With your logic and all incentives we have
            given the last 30 plus years.let alone the huge
            gaps in wealth were are all the jobs?

            Well besides all the big box stores and chain
            restaurants that are part time.

            You are right in some ways, your friends have
            worked wonders for job creation in China,India
            Vietnam etc.

          • SniperFire

            LOL. You are attempting to shift the argument because you have had your head caved in. Won’t work with me. Dance monkey dance.

          • Popper Popovich

            Didn’t like the truth huh?

          • SniperFire

            You deflected after getting crushed. I win. LOL

          • Popper Popovich

            I don’t think so. You can’t answer.

      • golfingirl

        “A federal jury on Wednesday found former New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin guilty of accepting bribes and trading on the public trust during the critical years of rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city in 2005.”

        I can’t remember, was he a Republican? He had to be, a Democrat would never steal money from his own “people,” following one of the worst natural disasters in the history of the U.S.

        • Popper Popovich

          Sure like when Tornadoes devastated the
          Tornado Alley States that are solid red yet
          tried to hold up funding for East Coast that
          is mostly Blue…well except with Christie as

          • golfingirl

            Difference is people in the Midwest did not wallow in self-pity and wait for the Federal Government to “save” them.

            They took it upon themselves to begin the rebuilding. They used they hands to hold a hammer, not to beg for money from the government.

            But you do agree with the above, that Nagin stole from his own “people” during a time of crisis.

            No wonder people don’t want to send funding, since time after time it is wasted and stolen.

            Yes, by both Democrats and Republicans. Both parties are guilty.

          • Popper Popovich

            Agreed, except the reason they didn’t cry and
            moan about federal funding is because they got
            it real quick. Then all of sudden if its to help out
            their fellow Americans like in any other problem
            “well you see we have this deficit” ..

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  • Larry Oldfield

    IF RNC brings any money into the city cleveland they’ll figure out a way to steal it back 5fold…

  • Sean MacNair

    Let Vegas have it. Absolutely do not need the hassle.