Cleveland is GOP panel’s choice for ‘16 convention

 
 
Promotional items for the 2016 Republican National Convention include popcorn and chocolate hearts from Kansas, City, a Broncos insulated bag and T-shirt from Denver, and more.
Promotional items for the 2016 Republican National Convention include popcorn and chocolate hearts from Kansas, City, a Broncos insulated bag and T-shirt from Denver, and more.
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McClatchy Washington Bureau

Cleveland is the choice of the Republican party’s site selection committee to host the 2016 convention.

The Republican National committee will now begin negotiating with city officials, and the full RNC will meet in early August to consider the decision.

Cleveland was picked over Dallas, the other finalist. Kansas City, Phoenix, Columbus, Ohio and Las Vegas had also been in the running.

“It’s my honor to announce Cleveland as the Site Selection Committee’s recommendation to host the 2016 Republican National Convention,” said Mickelsen. “Cleveland is a phenomenal city, and I can’t think of a better place to showcase our party and our nominee in 2016,” said Site Selection Chairwoman Enid Mickelsen.

“This committee was tasked with difficult decisions and was presented with several strong options to host our convention. I’m confident Cleveland is the right pick for our next national convention. Cleveland has demonstrated they have the commitment, energy, and terrific facilities to help us deliver a history-making Republican convention.”

She called Dallas a “world class city with wonderful venues and fantastic people and I’m certain they’ll make a great host for our party in the future. The Dallas team were excellent ambassadors for their city and showed both the committee and the RNC all the wonderful things the city has to offer.”

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