September 19, 2014

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Cleveland among 15 cities Democrats eyeing for 2016 convention

WASHINGTON (AP) –€” President Barack Obama’s hometown and Hillary Rodham Clinton’s home base as a senator are among the 15 cities the Democratic National Committee is considering to host the party’s presidential nominating convention in 2016, officials said Tuesday.

The DNC is inviting cities from Miami to Las Vegas to bid to host the party faithful for the made-for-TV festivities. Local officials have until June 6 to submit their proposals — or not, if a city declines — about how the city would partner with the DNC to stage the massive and costly event.

The cities under consideration are: Atlanta; Chicago; Cleveland; Columbus, Ohio; Detroit; Indianapolis; Las Vegas; Miami; Nashville; New York; Orlando; Philadelphia; Phoenix; Pittsburgh and Salt Lake City.

Democrats’ decision is not expected until late this year or early in 2015. Most cities expect the convention to cost between $55 million and $60 million.

Various factors go into deciding where to plant the convention, most notably whether the city has the facilities to stage the pageantry and whether there are enough hotels to house the delegates and media who descend on the region, as well as the ease with which visitors can navigate the city.

In addition, weather has thwarted recent conventions. The Republican National Committee delayed the start of its 2012 convention in Tampa, Fla., because of Hurricane Isaac. Storms forced the Democrats that year to scrap and outdoor rally in Charlotte, N.C. The history would weigh on officials considering storm-vulnerable Atlanta, Miami and Orlando.

Some of the 2016 cities have obvious appeal for Democrats.

Obama calls Chicago home and he will be leaving the White House in early 2017. A Chicago convention could be a nod to his eight years in power and a boost for an Obama presidential library the city is aggressively courting.

At the same time, Clinton grew up the Chicago suburb of Park Ridge, Ill. The former first lady, senator and secretary of state is considered an early front-runner for the Democrats’ nomination if she should run for president in 2016.

Similarly, Clinton represented New York in the Senate from 2001 until she became the nation’s top diplomat in 2009. Her husband, former President Bill Clinton, accepted his party’s presidential nomination during a 1992 convention in New York’s Madison Square Garden.

And Vice President Joe Biden, who is leaving the door open to a 2016 campaign, represented Delaware for six terms in the Senate and grew up in Scranton, Pa. A convention in Philadelphia would be a nod to Biden.

Republicans, meanwhile, are also considering Las Vegas and Cleveland. Denver, Dallas, Kansas City, Mo., and Cincinnati also remain on the Republican National Committee’s list of potential hosts.

The RNC eliminated Columbus, Ohio, and Phoenix from consideration and is expected to pick its venue this summer.

CNN first reported the Democrats’ list of potential cities.


  • John Davidson

    Please don’t come to Cleveland. Don’t need the Dumbocrats here. But maybe then we could get some of our money back that they keep taking from us to make freebies for the entitled.

    • stop ur whining part deux

      Then you are a fool. Regardless your political affiliation being the host city for either of the conventions would be great. It brings in millions of dollars in revenue.

      • Sis Delish

        Cleveland already has the Gay Games. Hosting the DNC would be redundant.

        • stop ur whining part deux

          Another moron. To tie oneself to a specific party is simply the dumbest thing i have ever heard. TO believe that one party is a savior and one is burying us is ignorant and arrogant.

          Too much of anything is a bad thing. The truth is, there is not one republican, nor a democrat that cares one iota about anyone other than themselves and furthering their career. Keep sucking down the far right kool aide moron.

        • golfingirl

          I hear the cab drives won’t drive Democrats either.

          They are lousy tippers.

  • Sis Delish

    Detroit is the best location for the Democrats to highlight their accomplishments over the past half-century… Cleveland is too classy.

    • golfingirl

      Obama said he would never “let Detroit go bankrupt.”

      They should have it there, so they can celebrate his hard work in keeping Detroit afloat.

      What? Detroit filed for bankruptcy? No way? Mr. Obama promised he would never allow that to happen.

      Do you mean he “lied?”

    • Ghostwriter

      The fall of Detroit happened long before Obama was elected. One could argue that it was the fault of your boy George Dubya. You remember, that guy who thought we should invade Iraq soon after we were attacked by Saudis who were hiding in Pakistan and Afghanistan? The war in Iraq didn’t cost the country very much money did it? Detroit’s failings wasn’t because of the war, but it sure of heck wasn’t Obama’s fault.

      • Pablo Jones

        But the Democrats and unions have been in charge of Detroit since the 60′s. Who but them can be blamed?

      • Sis Delish

        Oh, okay, the entire Past Half-Century, huh?

        • Ghostwriter

          My reasoning was just as stupid as blaming one party for the collapse of a city. No one party is to blame for all problems that have ever existed. I could easily make an argument that the economy collapsed because of right wing policies, or should I say lack thereof, but that wouldn’t be fair because both parties had a hand in it. Stop the nonsense of pretending like Republicans can do no wrong and have never contributed to any problems.

          • Sis Delish

            Detroit is a heap primarily because of Leftist and Democrat Rule which continues to this date.

            It’s Bankrupt and even knowing this, the Unions still want taxpayers to fork even more tax dollars to fund shortfalls of union pensions,

            The Democrat-led administrations all have member indicted and or convicted of various Felonies while in office.

            The current POTUS transferred immense bailout dollars into Detroit to salvage its Manufacturing Base, ie: automotive industry,

            The dues paid by the UAW goes right back into the DNC to repeat and rinse and guess what, yep the municipal laundry shrinks, while the Union Bosses feast.

            End result: Millions of recalls of U.S. Vehicles built by the new owners, the U.S. Government and the UAW.

  • Oneday67

    “President Barack Obama’s hometown ..” may be a destination for convention. Seems like a waste of money to fly all the way to Kogelo, Kenya

  • Sis Delish

    Even the Superbowl is held in a Neutral City…

  • John Davidson

    We should all quit arguing about this as there is no way that Cleveland will see a political convention held here this time around, and that is a good thing. All they do is get the city leaders hopes up and get them to spend more of the tax payers money hoping they will be thrown a crumb. Yes a political convention from either side would bring money into the city and county but at what cost. It would probably cost the city and county more than what it is worth.

  • Pablo Jones

    If only Elyria had a new train station then the convention could be in town. Maybe if 57 and route 2 by the mall gets fixed then Elyria could be in the running next time around.

  • unclewicked

    They threw Cleveland and Detroit onto the list so the ugly girls wouldn’t feel jilted.

    #canwestillbefriends

  • TheRustyScupper

    Give me a break.
    This is just posturing and attempts at building support.
    Cleveland doesn’t have enough close-in rooms.
    And, it certainly does not have “convention amenities/activities” for the attendees.

    • oldruss

      Cleveland Zoo is suppose to be right up there with the best the country has; and the Cleveland Museum of Art is pretty fancy too. There’s the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Great Lakes Science Center and Playhouse Square. All attractions, right here in middle America. What more could the conventioneers want?!

      • unclewicked

        I can see where the zoo might go into the ‘pro’ column on the Republican Party’s list, but don’t think it would have the same appeal with the Democrats.

        #apesh*tfights

      • golfingirl

        Hotel rooms to sleep in.

        • oldruss

          There are several new hotels planned, one is even owned by the county, I think, and will be built where the old county administration building was at the corner of Lakeside and Ontario. Hotel rooms have always plagued Cleveland’s attempts to land larger conventions. Hopefully the new crop of hostelries will do the trick.

  • chad schuler

    Hot off the press. George Bush library just burnt down and he is upset. Seems both of his books were lost and one of them he did not finish coloring yet. How idiotic republican people really are.

  • steve robinson

    Wasn’t Dubya the one who found weapons of mass destruction. Sucks to be republican.