May 12th, 2010
12:36 PM ET
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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. Anonymous

    Utlra-conservative Salt Lake sends a good message. Phoenix will remind the country of their felling about Hispanics- a good message just before an election. Tampa Bay- got nothin.
    Soundls like it will be Tampa- after all they want to fire up the troops for those electoral college votes!

    May 12, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  2. Terry from West Texas

    Quite a dilemma for the Conservatives. If they choose Phoenix, they will be surrounded by Hispanic protesters for the entire week of the convention. If they choose Salt Lake City, that will be a tacit endorsement of Mitt Romney. I think Florida is where it's going to be held.

    May 12, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  3. karl larson

    I Salt Lake is chosen, it might be a good time to resume above-ground nuclear testing in Nevada. .as we all KNOW where the fallout goes

    or, just nuking Salt Lake would work, too

    May 12, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  4. Patrick

    Choose Phoenix to make up for any money lost by the idiot boycotters who don't want to do anything about illegal immigration.

    May 12, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  5. Mike S., New Orleans

    Duh. It's gotta be Phoenix. Anti-immigrant, anti-multicultural education. The party of No should definitely pick the city of Anti.

    May 12, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  6. BillE

    Please say Bagdad! Remember 'mission acomplished' Nice weather etc. No porn but hey , they can wait till they get back.

    May 12, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  7. Dave

    How about Fantasy Island?

    May 12, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Tampa Bay should be fitting. They can hold their convention on an oil covered beach. This time they'll chant Spill Baby Spill.

    May 12, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  9. shawn

    Hey Mark in Miami - you can't *possibly* believe things are WORSE than they were when GW Bush left office. Yours is classic Republican denial. Obama & the Dems revived the financial, housing and auto industries, turned around the stock market, dramatically improved the US's standing in the world and stopped the job hemorrhaging he inherited. I am very thankful strong leaders successfully backed us away from the national abyss your Republicans led us to. Amen.

    May 12, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  10. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The GOP will be dead on arrival regardless what state they choose. The GOP has had 10 years to come up with policy and solutions, they only repeat what Americans already know.

    May 12, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  11. Ted

    I can't agree more with this direct quote: "Phoenix, Salt Lake City and Tampa Bay all bid for the convention and will learn their fates Wednesday afternoon. " What city in its right mind would want to host the Grand Obstructionist Party, AKA The Party of NO along with the Tea Partiers, Sarah the quitter, chief GOP Gasbag Limbaugh, Darth Cheney, goofball Steele and the rest of the idiots, morons, and incompetent jerks.

    May 12, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  12. Jayden,FL

    It could be in the Dump for all I care!

    May 12, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  13. Buffalo Bill

    First choice of course is beautiful downtown Buffalo NY, a city ravaged by decades of liberal democrat control, both local & state. Second choice is anywhere in Arizona, in honor of their brave stance against a spineless federal government in D.C.

    May 12, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  14. A Kickin' Donkey

    Isn't it obvious .... somewhere in Arizona .....

    May 12, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  15. Lori in St Pete

    Mark in Miami, the rethugliban had "full control" of all levels of government for 6 years – hence the reason we're in the mess we're in. The dems just got "full control" 15 months ago. Repairing the massive damage done by the rethugliban during their reign of terror is going to take a lot longer than that, and Americans with IQs in the triple digits know that.

    May 12, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  16. CPAFlorida12

    One thing is probably for sure, it won't be Chicago

    May 12, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  17. SocialismBad

    Have it in Phoenix in support of its legal citizens, their desire to uphold the laws of this nation and protect their citizens.

    May 12, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  18. Jilli

    Hmm...why not AZ. To help the state replace all the lost revenue – since the gop is so supportive of their anti-immigration tactics, they'd be right at home.

    Or perhaps VA – where the wingnuts rule.

    May 12, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  19. greg morris in jacksonville, fl

    arizona would be most appropriate.

    May 12, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  20. The Facts

    The Republicans don't need to hold a convention. They already have locked up victories in 2010 and 2012 thanks to Pelosi, Reid and the Circus President.

    May 12, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  21. JonDie

    It ain't going to be in Florida because Florida's won't have a Republican senator after the 2010 elections.

    So that leave's SLC and Phoenix. I say go with Phoenix to make the point that yes, the GOP is a small tent filled with small-minded, backward-looking racists. Utah has far too many "liberals" like Bob Bennett.

    May 12, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  22. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    as long as it's not here in Houston Texas I could care less.

    May 12, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  23. Florida Joe

    Tampa won, this was announced this AM...........Arizona should thank their Gov for losing this one............

    May 12, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  24. Erasmus

    I'm sure that they have carefully vetted the number and quality of strip clubs available in each city.

    May 12, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  25. Dave

    How about Dubai? That is where all their constituents are.

    May 12, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
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