First on CNN: 15 cities in running for 2016 Democratic Convention
April 22nd, 2014
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First on CNN: 15 cities in running for 2016 Democratic Convention

Washington (CNN) - The Democratic Party has asked 15 mayors to submit formal bids to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention, an event that could cost a city as much as $60 million but the payout could be triple the investment or more.

The Democratic National Committee's official request for proposal or "RFP" was sent to cities late Monday and they are required to submit their bids to host the convention by June 6.

Cities that received the DNC's "RFP" include: Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus (Ohio), Detroit, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Miami, Nashville, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix Pittsburgh and Salt Lake City.

The DNC will choose its 2016 host city by the close of 2014 or beginning of 2015 and Democrats are expected to hold the convention, where the party will officially choose its presidential nominee, in late summer 2016.

In a letter accompanying the RFP, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz noted that Democrats, in addition to logistical requirements, will consider a city's relationship with a key political constituency, labor, as well as a city's approach and handling of certain issues.

"While many of the requirements are specific to the various logistical and administrative goals of putting on the Democratic National Convention, we do seek a city that shares our values of equality, inclusion, diversity, respect and dignity," said Wasserman Schultz, who also serves as a congresswoman from Florida. "And because of the significant security and construction related issues that we will face, we also look for a city with strong relationships with organized labor and those they represent. Our priority is to work with a community that will partner with us as we plan this historic event."

Some cities, such as Columbus, have been lobbying hard to be chosen to host the 2016 Democratic convention. At a DNC meeting in February, Columbus officials hosted a reception highlighting reasons why the city should be the site for the Democratic National Convention. While 15 cities received RFPs on Monday, a DNC official noted that other cities could request an RFP and be considered as a host city.

Earlier this month, Republicans narrowed their list of potential host cities to six: Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City and Las Vegas. The Republican National Committee is likely to hold its nominating contest in early-mid summer 2016.

soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Malory Archer

    If the windfall the 2012 convention brought to Charlotte (vs. Tampa LOSING vast sums of $$$ during the repug bunker mentality convention) is any indication of the potential boon a Dem convention brings, any of these cities would be lucky to be chosen. Hope they choose Atlanta. I've never visited but have always wanted to.

    April 22, 2014 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  2. Gurgyl

    Yes, on Hillary16.

    April 22, 2014 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  3. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Yeah yeah we know Steve Utash... I wonder why a big deal wasn't made when an elderly vet got attacked??? I know. No chance for the same people yelling race card to play one.

    April 22, 2014 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    They will go wherever they think it will gain them political advantage. It isn't about the host city, or the convention facility......it is about where they gain political advantage.

    April 22, 2014 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  5. Malory Archer

    Rick McDaniel

    They will go wherever they think it will gain them political advantage. It isn't about the host city, or the convention facility......it is about where they gain political advantage.

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    LOL – yeah, how'd that work out for the right in 2008 & 2012?

    April 22, 2014 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  6. Dead Bear

    Come to Pittsburgh! Plenty of Dems here!

    April 22, 2014 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  7. Tommy G

    DETRIOT, the nation's largest bankrupt city, is the ONLY place the Democrats should be allowed to hold their convention. Democrat's caused it and the city now represents the future that the Democrats hope to bring to the entire country, if we are stupid enough to give them the chance.

    April 22, 2014 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  8. Dead Bear

    @Tommy G... By your rationale the Republicans should hold their convention at a whites-only country club, seeing how that is the future they envision for America.

    April 22, 2014 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  9. Malory Archer

    Tommy G

    DETRIOT, the nation's largest bankrupt city, is the ONLY place the Democrats should be allowed to hold their convention. Democrat's caused it and the city now represents the future that the Democrats hope to bring to the entire country, if we are stupid enough to give them the chance.

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    Er, no. The fact that they based their ENTIRE economy on ONE industry is why they're bankrupt. The truth hurts but it is what it is.

    April 22, 2014 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  10. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Tommy that would be DETROIT! Learn to spell! And we would love to host the DNC! I know the businesses downtown would be booming!!!

    April 22, 2014 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  11. Gunderson

    Aw, yes,
    And bring plenty of money.

    April 22, 2014 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  12. Dannytelevision

    Tommy G

    DETRIOT, the nation's largest bankrupt city, is the ONLY place the Democrats should be allowed to hold their convention. Democrat's caused it and the city now represents the future that the Democrats hope to bring to the entire country, if we are stupid enough to give them the chance.
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    Are you on drugs? Detroit's bankruptcy was caused by Wall Street's crash...don't you remember the whole derivatives trading fiasco?????

    April 22, 2014 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  13. Fair is Fair

    It should be Detroit... Obama's sending them $100 Million of taxpayer money to bail out their public union pensions, so he might as well send his minions there too.

    April 22, 2014 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  14. Name. willard

    Democrat are too big liar

    April 22, 2014 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  15. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    And btw Tommy, we are coming back!!!

    April 22, 2014 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  16. Ol' Yeller

    @Dannytelevision-
    Don't mind Tommy G, he can't even spell Detroit, much less have any idea (other than what he hears on hannity) what the facts are about the city... and he could care less. All he wants to do is pound out anti-Democrat posts on his keyboard as he OD's on the republicant kool aid.

    April 22, 2014 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  17. CATX

    Detroit + Kwame Kilpatrick = Typical Democrat corruption.

    April 22, 2014 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  18. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Except KK is in prison for many years....

    New Mayor Mike Duggan is white.

    April 22, 2014 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  19. Tony D

    No, no, no... They need to have it in Chicago!! Pure Democrat corruption, a war zone, Obama's home turf, thouusands of dead voters waiting to attend, it's a purefect fit. I'm sure nobody will be shot, but you might want to consider buying bullet proof vest sif you plan to attend. Rahm Emmanuel has done such a bang up job there! Murder capital of the country.

    April 22, 2014 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    Yawn. Apparently, "the memo" told the RWNJs to blabber about Detroit. How very predictable and ridonkulous.

    April 22, 2014 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |