April 2nd, 2010
11:50 AM ET
12 years ago

Republican officials surveying Salt Lake for convention site

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/04/02/art.salt.gi.jpg caption="GOP officials will visit Salt Lake next week."]Atlanta (CNN) – A delegation of Republican officials will head to Salt Lake City, Utah next week to meet with local officials who are vying to host the 2012 Republican National Convention.

The 12 members tasked with helping to choose the host city have already visited Phoenix, Arizona and Tampa Bay, Florida. The Republican Party will officially choose its presidential and vice presidential nominees at the weeklong convention, which is scheduled to begin August 27, 2012.

The RNC will announce the selection when it meets this summer in Detroit, Michigan.

The venue, adequate hotel space and whether a city has the infrastructure to host the convention are all key criteria that the RNC is looking at as it considers which city to choose.

"Our site selection committee is in the process of visiting and evaluating all three cities," RNC spokesman Doug Heye told CNN. "It is clear that whether the 2012 Republican National Convention is held in Phoenix, Salt Lake City or Tampa, we will have a strong venue to host the best convention in our party's history."
The Republican Party held the 2008 convention in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

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soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Tammy

    Can't get any more conservative than Mormon-country. Just be sure to keep the little women delegates at the back, and nice and quiet.

    April 2, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    Perhaps Mormon country, is not the best choice for their convention.

    April 2, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  3. Michael from Ventura

    Perfect spot for the gop............

    April 2, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  4. Rob Johnson

    What better way to reach out to minorities, moderates and swing states than holding your convention in the most conservative, whitest city in America?

    Tactically speaking, Florida would be a better choice. Utah will vote Republican regardless, but a state like Florida, Colorado or North Carolina could be tipped to the GOP column by the publicity and fanfare surrounding the convention.

    This makes me wonder if the "powers that be" in the GOP have decided that Mitt Romney will be the nominee. Having the convention in the most Mormon state in the union would be a good platform for the first Mormon to ever seek the Presidency.

    Things that make you go hmmm......

    April 2, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  5. rdepontb

    Except for a number of "private" clubs, this should be a very safe place for them to congregate...if you know what I mean

    April 2, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  6. One Big Orgy

    The RNC has made a mockery of the republican party. Michael Steele is the best thing that has happened to the democrats. I guess Utah is the ideal place for their convention since the entire state is conservative. I wonder what the entertainment will be.

    April 2, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  7. RCasson

    It doesn't matter where it is...they're going to get their butts whipped in 2012....AGAIN.

    April 2, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  8. William, from Cali!

    Salt Lake City, Utah? Sounds good to me! But, I would rather it be in Phoenix, Arizona or Tampa, Flo-rida! Hopefully, more sun for my tan, this time!

    April 2, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  9. lolo

    See how pathetic the republicans are. Now they are thinking if we have our convention in Utah everyone will start to believe that we have family values like the Morman state. This party is ridiculous. They will use and abuse whomever or whatever to get their power back, just like they are using Mr. Steele. They will not fire him now, but once the November elections are over Mr. Steele can say goodbye.. They need to keep using him right now to try to get the minority votes. Please do not fall for their tricks. Democrats and independents please just go vote in November to get these nut jobs out of our hair.

    April 2, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  10. jfs Memhis, Tn

    That would seem to be a safe and friendly location. How's about Detroit??? I think that city could use the cash from a convention. Especially since the GOP help to create the decline of that great city. That may help the whole state of Michigan recover from the early withdrawl the Republicans made from that state in the 2008 Presidential Election.

    April 2, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  11. Gary

    Are they going to have strippers? Because if they are I'll definitely watch it on TV.

    April 2, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  12. enviroguy

    Salt Lake City seems like the logical choice. It would be harder for them to get in trouble after-hours. Much less temptation for their "family" values. So much easier to say "NO" when there's nothing for them to say yes to....

    April 2, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  13. El Gordo

    The fix is in. Romney is the anointed one. It looks like Romney-Palin for 2012.

    April 2, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  14. SocialismBad

    Mitt Romney will feel right at home when he gets the nomination.

    April 2, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  15. Bostonian-TheWoodlands,TX

    Screw Salt Lake City ( No offense to the fine citizens there. )

    Mitt Romney says his home out in Utah is open and welcome to convention goers. As it can probably the expected attendance.

    If that place wasn't so ridiculous, I'd say this HALF jokingly.

    April 2, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  16. ConsiderThis-FL

    Yet another Republican ploy to appeal to the "conservative" wing of the party. All Republicans do is come up with empty ploys to try and win elections. First it was John McCain and his ploy of having Sarah Palin as his running mate. Can you figure out what was her appeal and to whom it was targeted? The next ploy was Richard Steele as the chairman of the GOP. The Republicans figured now that an African American leads the Democratic party, why not have an African American lead the GOP? Can you figure out what was Steele's appeal and to whom it was targeted? Now, the Republicans are considering Salt Lake City, UT as the site of their next convention; the most conservative state in the union. Can you figure out what is Salt Lake City's appeal and to whom it is targeted? News Flash... Ploys don't win elections; providing leadership to government that is for and by THE PEOPLE (AND NOT SPECIAL INTERESTS) WIN ELECTIONS.

    April 2, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  17. meg

    wow, just wow!

    April 2, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  18. Michael Bindner

    The Rombots could not be more happy with this one.

    April 2, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  19. ted

    I think the most appropriate place for the Grand Obstructionist Party, AKA The Party of NO would be GITMO. Among the activities would be waterboarding, sleep deprivation, and the chance to converse with the inmates, the folks that Bush was going to bring to justice due to 911, but forgot about them in that Cuban hell hole.

    That woudl be the change the RNC needs and deserves.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    April 2, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  20. Annie, Atlanta

    Anyone else see this as somehow being appropriate given the recent (or maybe not so recent) rhetoric coming from the right side of the aisle, or is it just me?

    April 2, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  21. Tom from Tx

    GOP, quit the campaigning and mud slinging and do some actual work for a change. You are looking like bafoons; nothing to show for the uptick in the economy or anything else. You're done regardless of how much money you raise (thanks to corporations now being "human" that will no doubt help you). You get zero credit for anything positive happening in this country; we don't have short memories.

    April 2, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  22. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Yes Salt Lake City is perfect. One of the very few big metropolitan cities that is popular with the GOP. 99% of the rest of the big cities despise the GOP. That's why the GOP only wins the Confederate states along with a few pockets of mostly rural states such as Alaska and Utah. Good luck trying to grow the party with that.

    April 2, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  23. Gary from Madison, WI

    Just make sure there are enough "gentleman's clubs" for their investors!

    April 2, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |