July 8th, 2014
11:56 AM ET
4 months ago

Cleveland to hold 2016 Republican convention

Washington (CNN) - The Republican National Committee announced Tuesday that their Site Selection Committee has picked Cleveland to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.

The full membership of the RNC is expected to ratify the Site Selection Committee's recommendation at its early August meeting in Chicago.

Last month the RNC narrowed the competition down to two finalists: Cleveland and Dallas. Denver, Kansas City, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Cincinnati, and Columbus, Ohio were previously dropped from contention.

In January the RNC the approved a rule change that would move the date of the GOP convention from its usual date of late August or early September to as early as late June.

Cleveland gives the Republicans a chance to hold their nominating convention in Ohio, a crucial battleground state. No Republican has won the White House without carrying the Buckeye State.

Cleveland's twice hosted presidential conventions: the 1924 and 1936 Republican conventions.

For a city, a convention is a costly affair as the host is expected to raise upwards of $60 million to help pay for it. But if managed correctly, a convention pays off as the surrounding communities are flooded with as many as 50,000 new visitors and the area is showcased on an international stage for weeks leading up to the event.

An Republican official tells CNN that Cleveland already has an unprecedented $30 million in the bank towards its convention bid.

Where will Democrats hold their 2016 convention?

Six cities are bidding to host the 2016 Democratic National Committee. The six cites are Birmingham, Alabama, Cleveland, Columbus, New York City, Philadelphia and Phoenix.

The Democratic National Committee says its Technical Advisory Committee will visit all six cities this summer. The DNC plans to have a final decision by late this year or early 2015.

The RNC Site Selection Committee's decision on Cleveland, assuming it's ratified in August by the full RNC, means in reality that the city is off the DNC's list.

"The DNC’s exclusivity clause is triggered when a city signs a contract with another political party but given today’s news, we’ll discuss with Cleveland and determine whether a site visit is still necessary," the DNC said in a statement Tuesday.

Why Cleveland

Site Selection Chairwoman Enid Mickelsen said in a statement that her panel "was tasked with difficult decisions and was presented with several strong options to host our convention."

But she added that she's "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."

And RNC Chairman Reince Priebus added that "A Cleveland convention offers our party a great steppingstone to the White House in 2016, and I’m encouraged by the committee’s recommendation. The team from Cleveland has gone above and beyond the call of duty and I think they’re representative of a city eager to show the country all the fantastic things they have to offer."

“The RNC set a new standard for conventions during this process. Not only will the convention be held earlier in 2016, but there are also substantial guarantees in place for funding that put us well ahead of previous conventions and will give our nominee the best opportunity to succeed," Priebus added.

As for the losing city, Mickelsen said that "Dallas is 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."

Cleveland, the nation's 45th most populous city according to the 2010 census, may be best known as the home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But the northeastern Ohio city, along the shores of Lake Erie and bisected by the Cuyahoga River, is also home to the Cleveland Clinic, which is ranked among America's best hospitals. The city averages high temperatures in the low 80's during the summer.

While holding a convention in a crucial battleground state such as Ohio may seem like a plus, it far from guarantees a political party will win that state come November. The last time the GOP captured the state where they held their presidential nominating convention was 1992, when the party held camp in Houston.

Last time around neither party (the Democrats in Charlotte, North Carolina and the GOP in Tampa, Florida) carried the state where they held their convention.

"There doesn't seem to be a correlation between conventions and winning particular states," Priebus said earlier this year.


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soundoff (287 Responses)
  1. cobra

    Pat Boone and an empty sofa will be the featured celebrity speaker.

    July 8, 2014 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  2. Me

    It just doesn't matter. More $$$ for Cleveland and surrounding areas. It's about time!!!

    July 8, 2014 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  3. Liberal...NOT

    "Median income of the middle class has PLUMMETED while Obama has been in office. That is what record unemployment for 6 years gets you."

    I keep seeing this blanket statement.... it irritates the crap out of me. My personal experience has been completely different. I worked hard, was willing to move for new jobs and I have DOUBLED my income since 2009. Get out, use your education, make yourself mobile and quit complaining. The jobs are out there.

    @Jennifer – you are exactly correct. But you must keep in mind that you are speaking to those of us who think it is our responsibility to make our own way in life. Liberals/democrats don't see it that way.

    July 8, 2014 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  4. 54StarryNights

    Poor Cleveland. It looks like the average IQ of the city will drop for several days in 2016. Convention time seems like the perfect time to take a vacation and get out of town.

    July 8, 2014 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  5. zooomalloooo

    This pretty much ENSURES that the GOP will LOSE in 2016 ! lol :) WELCOME TO CLEVELAND BOYS !

    DON"T LEAVE YOUR CAR DOOR UNLOCKED ! :)))

    THIS CITY IS A PIT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 8, 2014 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  6. zooomalloooo

    Well, that settles that. God hates Ohio." QUOTE OF THE DAY AWARD !!!

    July 8, 2014 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  7. Seth Gioux

    Congrats to Cleveland - Senior Games 13, Gay Games 14, Rock Hall 15, GOP Conv. 16. WOW.

    Looks like the Cleve is the place to be!

    July 8, 2014 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  8. scott

    the 2016 rnc also known as the losers bowl

    July 8, 2014 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  9. kurtinco

    Should I buy my ticket to Cleveland? At least with the Supreme Court ruling on abortion protesters this should me that I can get within 35 feet of the Republican convention to protest otherwise the republicans would be violating my 1st Amendment rights. Right? Isn't that what the SCOTUS ruled?

    July 8, 2014 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    One more time Cleveland will have a team that is not going to win.

    July 8, 2014 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  11. rs

    Just say NO to Obamadroids

    rs

    Rogue351

    We had 8 years of the Dems followed by 8 years of the GOP and then 8 years of Dems. So it just stands to reason that the GOP will win the next 8 years. Not to mention the GOP has been campaigning for the last 8 years via hate radio and TV. We are just starting to wrap up the last wars started by the GOP so it just stands to reason we need to keep the military industrial complex going. Maybe the GOP being in office will result in the middle class actually getting paid a decent wage again, since they are all for the middle and lower class. I am sure the GOP will fix health care and do away with all of these horrible social programs that burden all of us so much.
    _________________________
    every time we've had GOP leadership, the Middle Classes take the hit.
    -–

    Median income of the middle class has PLUMMETED while Obama has been in office. That is what record unemployment for 6 years gets you.
    ______________________________________
    Did you sleep through Bushcrash '08? In case you missed it- beginning in August '08 and continuing well into the new year, between 750,000 and 800,000 Americans lost their jobs each month. Thanks to do-nothing Republicans the number of jobs created under Mr. Obama's Administration has grown larger than those lost under Mr. Bush. It's called "recovery". Needn't worry though- the Middle Class also lots ground under Reagan and Bush the first (try blaming that on Obama). It is the result- the direct result of the GOP's anti-union, anti-worker, anti-minimum wage, anti- work protection and job export philosophies.

    July 8, 2014 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  12. Winston Smith

    The realestate values in this area just took one hell of a beating. Not to worry good people of Cleveland, when they leave so does the stench.

    July 8, 2014 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  13. Jonathan

    I am mind blown by the amount of generic unorginal jabs at Cleveland on here. When people who know nothing hear certain keywords they have the same canned response. "Did someone say Cleveland?" "That means I need to make the same awful joke about something I know nothing about.."

    Congrats Cleveland. Keep up the good work.

    July 8, 2014 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  14. ART

    Liberals/democrats don't see it that way, I didn't realize that idiots like you had cornered the market on employment.Proud liberal /Democrat here who has worked all his life and unlike you I don't live in a trailer

    July 8, 2014 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  15. TomGI

    Not Texas? Ted Cruz must be "outraged" or "appalled"

    July 8, 2014 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  16. brad johnson

    Good pick for a swing state in a critical election.

    July 8, 2014 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  17. Malory Archer

    kurtinco
    Should I buy my ticket to Cleveland? At least with the Supreme Court ruling on abortion protesters this should me that I can get within 35 feet of the Republican convention to protest otherwise the republicans would be violating my 1st Amendment rights. Right? Isn't that what the SCOTUS ruled?

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    If the standards are uniform, you should be able to block the doors and scream into the faces of convention attendees.

    July 8, 2014 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  18. jamison

    I am so glad they did not pick Denver. We dont need any more RejpubliKlan bigots flocking here

    July 8, 2014 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  19. Degrin

    "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."

    What they meant to say was Ohio is the main battleground state and we need to win it....

    July 8, 2014 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  20. Fred Evil

    "TheBloch – You know nothing of how important Ohio is as a swing state.."
    Or you considerably overestimate the ability of cons to motivate voters in CLEVELAND.

    July 8, 2014 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    "I grew up there, I hope they get the riot gear ready for the trouble the feral generational welfare addicts will cause."

    Nope...you guys still haven't found a racist dogwhistle that hides it well enough. I give your attempt a D+ because, well, if you're going to use the word "feral" you might as well have just dropped the n-bomb like we know you wanted to.

    July 8, 2014 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  22. emskadittle

    wow, more plots for the tv show first 48

    July 8, 2014 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  23. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Okay, okay.
    My apologies to the people of Cleveland specifically, and Ohio in general.
    Yes I went to school in Ohio for 4 years, and Cleveland sucked BIG TIME then but maybe it's changed.
    I'm sure it has as nothing stays the same.
    I hope it hasn't gotten worse.
    But that would be impossible..then again...
    But where was I. oh yes, I was apologizing to the good people of Cleveland, and Ohio in general....

    July 8, 2014 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  24. Fred Evil

    "Just say NO to Obamadroids – Median income of the middle class has PLUMMETED while Obama has been in office. That is what record unemployment for 6 years gets you."
    Considering that Obama's only been in office for 5 1/2, and W left office with us losing 750,000 jobs PER MONTH, I will take this as an admission that your party F'ed up big time, and Obama has helped to fix it. AGAIN.

    July 8, 2014 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  25. ThinkAgain: If you don't like Congress, get rid of the repub/tea bag majority

    The only reason the gop picked Cleveland is because Karl Rove's attempt to manipulate election results didn't work last time. The gop doesn't give a RIP about middle America, the middle class or anyone outside their white, evangelical, male-dominated corporatist echo chamber.

    July 8, 2014 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
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