May 12th, 2010
12:36 PM ET
4 years ago

GOP to unveil 2012 convention city

RNC officials have visited Phoenix, Salt Lake City and Tampa Bay and will announce Wednesday which city will host the 2010 convention.
RNC officials have visited Phoenix, Salt Lake City and Tampa Bay and will announce Wednesday which city will host the 2010 convention.

Washington (CNN) – Local officials in three states are awaiting word Wednesday to see which city national Republicans have chosen to host the party's 2012 presidential nominating convention.

At stake is international exposure and perhaps as much as $170 million pumped into a metropolitan area's economy, according to an estimate provided by the Republican National Committee.

Phoenix, Salt Lake City and Tampa Bay all bid for the convention and will learn their fates Wednesday afternoon. RNC officials visited each city over the past two months looking at the municipalities' infrastructure, hotel room capacity, transportation, accessibility and entertainment options for attendees.

The RNC says that 45,000 people attended the 2008 Republican National Convention held in Minneapolis/St. Paul. The convention was responsible for "nearly $170 million in new money … generated for the local economy."

Later: Tampa picked to host 2012 GOP convention

Tampa Bay is considered to be well positioned because Florida is a battleground state, has 27 electoral votes and the infrastructure to hold such a big event. Salt Lake City hosted the 2002 Winter Olympics and choosing the city would be a sign that the Republican Party is reasserting itself in the West. President Obama won Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico in 2008, states that President Bush carried four years earlier. And there is speculation that Phoenix's chances of landing the convention might be harmed because of Arizona's new controversial law dealing with illegal immigrants.

The RNC Site Selection Committee's recommendation Wednesday would need to be ratified by the full RNC membership in the summer.

The Democratic National Committee, which is considering 10 cities including Charlotte, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Phoenix, St. Louis and Tampa Bay will announce its decision in late fall, according to a Democratic source with understanding of the process, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.


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soundoff (74 Responses)
  1. seawife

    Please do NOT bring their convention to Phoenix.

    Teabaggers NOT welcome!

    May 12, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  2. once upon a horse

    whatever ciity they choose make sure it's "LILY-WHITE" because that is about all you're going to see at the convention. Last time you could count on maybe two hands how many minorities you saw at the RNC..so diversity just isn't their thing. More reason why Mike Steele is just a token front.

    May 12, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  3. Dave

    They should ask the Tea Party which is the GOP. It is rebranding like Dodge was to Mitsubishi. As soon as the public forgets how they kamikazed our economy they will become just the GOP again.

    May 12, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  4. tim

    Phoenix would be perfect because of Arizona's disdain for immigrants, while Salt Lake City - and its STUNNING lack of diversity - would also be a great fit. Which means, of course, Tampa Bay will get it, because Repubs like to pretend that they are a party of open mind and diversity. Which, of course, is just silly.

    May 12, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  5. Alex in Wisconsin

    My bet is that it will be held in Phoenix as a way of supporting the immigration law recently passed thats upsetting a large majority of Americans....If you use the Tea party definition of "large majority of Americans' to mean 20-40 percent of the country.

    May 12, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  6. Too True For You

    Tampa Bay – where they can see the results of what comes from their cherished "Drill Baby Drill" war cry

    May 12, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  7. proud dem in nc

    Who cares where they hold their hate fest. Obama will win in 2012!!! Who in their right mind would vote those fools back into office. They got us into this mess and rode off into the sunset. Obama 2012!!!!

    May 12, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  8. Clifford

    Where is the City of Tampa Bay? There is no City Tampa Bay. Tampa Bay is comprised of Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Largo, Seminole, and several other cities. For those of us that live in the Tampa Bay area, the misused term Tampa Bay as a City is offensive.

    May 12, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  9. doug

    Watching these conventions really shows the truth. The GOP convention is filled with Kind, decent, respectable, friendly Americans while the DNC is filled with hateful, extremist, socialist freaks.

    Don't take my word for it, watch it yourself. Maybe the most importaint truth is what goes on outside, the lib freaks trash the city and harass and harm everyone as they protest the GOP, you never ever have once seen a republican ever act like that.

    May 12, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  10. Chuck B

    I bet it is Phoenix.

    May 12, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  11. Elie H

    I bet you $100 they'll go with Phoenix because we all know many Republican are anti Hispanics...

    May 12, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  12. Gil

    I'm hoping with sarah's pull in the party of No that they will pick Fairbanks! Better yet Beijing!

    May 12, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  13. DJ

    Phoenix and SLC? Send the cowards to San Francisco!!

    May 12, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  14. Gil

    Will they require a Loyalty Oath before they let delegates into the convention?

    May 12, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  15. Jesse

    Bring the convention to VISALIA CALIFORNIA :)

    May 12, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  16. Ed in Tucson

    Indeed, bring the Republicans back. The democrats had one year to undo the damage of the last 8 and look what they've done: staved off another great depression, passed healthcare reform, reduced the world's nuclear weapons dramatically, touted financial reform to prevent another economic disaster, and worked to balance the Supreme Court.

    Enough of that!!! Bring back the Republicans.

    May 12, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  17. steve

    I think the GOP SHOULD GO TO AZ. for their convention.... they would have to show citizenship papers but ya know.. national security and terrorism....

    May 12, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    Mark, you are dumb if you think that the dems. messed things up. It was the previous adminstration not doing things correctly. Remeber one thing that we were not in a deficit when the previous admin. took over.

    May 12, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  19. hampster

    Bet it is a city with a lot of adult entertainment, especially strip clubs and bondage clubs. Them there Republicans like to check out family values during their conventions!

    May 12, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  20. Tony T

    Any city will work, the entire country is ready to dump the Dems. Just look at the looniest state in the country giving the GOP dear ole Teddy's seat, just to try to stop the HC mess.

    May 12, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  21. Tony T

    "For those of us that live in the Tampa Bay area, the misused term Tampa Bay as a City is offensive." Offensive? You may be overly sensitive. If thats all you have to be worried about, I am very jealous.

    May 12, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  22. Sarcastic

    Tampa? Why not hold it in clearwater with the Scientologists. After all with the actions of some of the more... zealot like members, you might just consider them a cult.

    May 12, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  23. Brandon

    Pres. Obama for 2012!!!!! I say that as a former Republican. If the GOP is so bold to back their own vote, they should hold it in Phoenix. But they are cowards and will probably pick FL.

    May 12, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  24. Arizona Deserves the $170 million!

    Phoenix, Arizona is the ideal city. Since the dems have decided to call for a Boycott on Arizona, why not pump $170 million into Arizona. Although the so-called boycott demand isn't working they deserve the money since they have spent millions on protecting the borders and trying to keep out illegals.

    May 12, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
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