Washington (CNN) - The Republican National Committee named three cities on Friday as potential hosts for the 2012 Republican National Convention: Phoenix, Tampa and Salt Lake City.
The finalists emerged after multiple cities submitted bids to the RNC by the committee's January 15 deadline.
"These cities submitted three very strong bids, so all three are in contention," Holly Hughes, an RNC member from Michigan who chairs the RNC Site Selection Committee, told CNN. "Hosting a convention is a huge deal. A city has to raise multiple millions of dollars, but they also get the benefit of showcasing their city and bringing in revenue."
A 12-member RNC Site Selection Committee will visit the cities in late March and early April to meet with local officials and evaluate the potential sites - and will then make their final recommendation to the RNC. The full 168-member committee will vote to select the host city at the RNC's summer meeting in July.
"Phoenix, Tampa, and Salt Lake City are all amazing American cities and I wish them the best of luck with their bids," RNC chairman Michael Steele said in a statement.
The Democratic National Committee had a January 11 deadline for cities to submit letters of interest for the 2012 Democratic convention, and the committee is now working to solicit more information on those potential venues.
God I hope it's not Phoenix!!! We have enough idiots around here!
Does that include a bid to clean up the manure they leave.
I know, I know...this comment is awaiting moderation. Guess what I write all over the net how CNN won't post most of the comments against republicans. Yes I do.
WHO are they kidding? It's Salt Lake City because it's Mitt Romney. It's just as well, selecting Salt Lake City only solidifies the notion that it's the Secular Democrats vs. the Righteous Republicans. We need an alternative - how about Tom Brokaw?
Imagine that... cities that won't show any opposition or challenge anything they stand for are all nominated.
The law says to Separate Church & State because it's not in the best interests of non-zealots but the GOP can't get enough of that relationship apparently.
They should have it in Limbaughs home town in New Zealand.
I wish all Americans would realize that it’s time for all of us to come to the aid of our country. Be honest with yourself about why you feel the way you feel and why this country is in its current state. We must pull together as a nation and make America a better place. The solutions are not Democratic or Republican. We are being manipulated for selfish political gain by both sides of the aisle. Wake up America!!!
I'm calling Tampa right now. The other two really aren't swing states. They wouldn't be the GOP if they didn't go for the shamelessly political move.
Republicans have proven they have nothing to offer except whine, obstruct and support racist movements such as the Tea Party. Can't wait for 2010 & 2012...they'll be crushed like bugs again by the Dems.
Many Dems suck too, but I am convinced that Obama is the only sane, responsible, & honest politician left in either party.
McCain's state, Romney's state and Florida, where they think they can scare the seniors again about the big bad Dems' taking away their socialist handouts, um Medicare.
Interesting how these states are all weathering the recession. Why not come to Michigan or California? Guess then you'd have to face the voters there and tell them why you spend a million a year on a soldier, but can't find the money for health care or social programs, or find government money for the failing education systems.
The republican and the media are running the around with elections.
The only ones left behind is the American people!
Oh PLEEEEZE choose either Phoenix or Tampa! We have enough Rethugs and neocons in SLC already!
Make it Phoenix so McSongbird can go home for a diaper change between the Palin and Tancredo super hate rallies.
Phoenix and Salt Lake City are no surprises (look at their population). Tampa Bay is the surprise.
Tampa, Salt Lake City and Phoenix. Why is this NOT surprising?
The insurance companies and banks will probably sponsor their buddy Republicans to go back to Hawaii or maybe some American territory resort in American Samoa. After all Republicans are so "fiscally conservative" until it comes to what they want for themselves.
Hypocrites and liars all!
I am so thankful I don't live in any of those cities!
You won' t like the number of brown faces in Phoenix or Tampa.
The Republicanische Bund: The Grand Old Party of racism, homophobia, etc.
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE NOT SALT LAKE!!! I am already surrounded by enough close minded so called " Republicans" who know nothing about what is going on in the world. The power of Fox News is strong in Utah, and its unfortunate, because the people have skewed views of what is really going on. For the Republican party, this is great. For an American citizen who is affected by the laws past, this is a terrifying thing especially when Utah legislation is passing bills to fight federal legislation which will only lead to lawsuits which when lost come out of the Utah taxpayers pockets.
Please , New Orleans or San Francisco would good.
Salt Lake? Please, not here.
It'll be Salt Lake City. Romney will be the 2012 nominee for the Republican Party and the RNC will want to show their ultra-orthodox Christian base that Mormons aren't to be feared or mistrusted.
As long as these fools don't return to New York, they can go wherever they want; even Alaska. It was a mess at MAD-Square the last time, makes me sick to see them.
why not the south aren't there more nut jobs there? Of course Utha has Mitt and Arazonia has John Florida had Bobby wow!!!
Can we focus on 2010.
I'd go for Salt Lake City....beautiful music, splendor mountiantops...
and many hands to pray you through.