May 12th, 2010
03:28 PM ET
13 years ago

Tampa picked to host 2012 GOP convention

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Tampa has been chosen by the RNC to host the 2012 GOP convention."]Washington (CNN) - Tampa-St. Petersburg was chosen Wednesday to host the Republican National Convention, a weeklong political event that culminates in the official selection of the GOP’s presidential nominee in 2012.

Phoenix and Salt Lake City were the two other cities in the running for the right to host the convention. Both cities were notified of the decision to choose Tampa-St. Petersburg and indicated interest in hosting the 2016 convention, a Republican National Committee source tells CNN.

“The Tampa area boasts state-of-the-art facilities, exciting and vibrant downtowns, and a clear enthusiasm from the community to host our convention,” RNC Chairman Michael Steele said in a statement. “We look forward to joining our compatriots in the Sunshine State for our convention in 2012.”

The RNC sent a delegation to visit all three cities over the past two months to see firsthand the municipalities' infrastructure, hotel room capacity, transportation, accessibility and entertainment options.

The RNC Site Selection Committee’s recommendation Wednesday that Tampa-St. Petersburg be chosen as the host city must now be formally approved by the full RNC membership when it gathers for its annual summer meeting in August.

“Tampa has put a great deal of effort into showcasing their city and what they have to offer,” said Site Selection Committee Chair Holly Hughes. “We are looking forward to a successful convention in Florida,”

Being awarded the convention brings international exposure and pumps perhaps as much as $170 million into the economy of the host city, according to an estimate provided by the RNC. Republican officials say that 45,000 people attended the 2008 Republican National Convention held in Minneapolis/St. Paul where Arizona Sen. John McCain received the presidential nomination.

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 (49 Responses)
  1. Bo

    The RNC has made a smart, strategic and wonderful choice ! Politics aside, Tampa is part of the Interstate 4 corridor which runs from Tampa/St. Petersburg to Orlando/Daytona which is the political swing part of the state of Florida. All statewide races are won or lost in this vital central region of the state. This is where all the swing voters: independent, moderate, centrist, and ticket spliting electorate live. I'm from Tampa and I represent these voters. I voted for Clinton in 92&96, Gore in 00, Bush in 04 and McCain in 08. I tend to like split government between the president and congress. I'm an Independent. Previous presidential elections results demonstrate that Florida continues to be the largest swing state in the country. Obama vs McCain 50-49, Bush vs Kerry 51-47 and Gore vs Bush 48-48. Go Tampa ! Go Central Florida ! and Go Florida !!! See ya in 2012.

    May 12, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  2. Jesus(the Zombie version)

    Ooooo, they are going to like it there.

    Good strip clubs and a beautiful view of all that oil we so desperately needed to drill.

    May 12, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  3. GDMS

    This is where you will be seeing the next President and Vice President
    and take office in January 2013. Go Republicans win one for this Country.

    May 12, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  4. Geoff

    Oh great...more close minded people coming to Florida that is all I need. I deal with enough close minded retired people down here already!

    May 12, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  5. Djinn

    Baggers, retirees, and sunshine. What fun.

    May 12, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  6. Teabag to the face

    They totally chickened out on Arizona.

    May 12, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  7. BJs65

    LOL – during hurricane season!

    May 12, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  8. MIKE B.

    This is likely political, Florida has been one of the more important states to win in the past ten years.

    May 12, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  9. katiec

    That figures as Florida is Limbaugh land!!

    May 12, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  10. beth

    Makes sense having it in beautiful Tampa Florida. We have been there many times. Good for their economy too

    May 12, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  11. Willy Brown

    Great place. Lot's of educated liberals working fast food joints. They are paid to be nice to you.

    May 12, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  12. Palin Power

    Tampa will make history as Sarah Palin accepts the nomination of President of the United States and becomes America's next and greatest president of all times.

    May 12, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  13. Carol Auburndale, Fl

    Good!! Thar gives me someplace to go protest.

    May 12, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  14. Fat Finger culprit

    It will be a great location to bring the Ron Paul Revolution..........

    May 12, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  15. BeverlyNC

    Maybe the Republicans can go visit the oil-covered beaches they caused by deregulating the oil industry. Republicans don't believe corporations or banks or insurance companies should follow rules of safety and human decency.

    Poor Tampa having to endure another Republican hatefest convention of liars and racists. Maybe the Drill Baby Drill crowd should go out to the coast and do cleanup work. Since BP doesn't have a clue how to stop the leak, the oil should completely cover the Gulf by then. Republicans = disaster for Americans.

    May 12, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  16. timothyfrom California

    MY pick was Salt Lake City because it's obivious Mitt Romney is going to be the nominee. Sarah Palin can't win, Huckabee is tainted by giving pardons, Newt Gingrich makes the most sense but he is too controversal, Tim Pawlenty is unknown and Jeb Bush can't be nominated because of his brother. Really, the only people that could give Obama a race was Charlie Christ and the republicans treated him like dirt and Mitt Romney is Morman and I don't think he can overcome that and he has his own health care law plus he is wishy washy on abortion. So, eventhough Mitt Romney has the establishment behind him to get the nomination, Obama wil win a landslide and have another 7 years.

    May 12, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  17. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Tampa Bay, huh? This should be real interesting, especially if Democrats capture the Governor and Senate elections!

    May 12, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  18. Larry


    You got that right. The Republicans have exposed themseleves as only being in the pockets of special interests. Obama can't lose in 2012.

    May 12, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  19. Pat

    Drill,baby Drill.

    May 12, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  20. PalmReader

    So, the leaderless GOP has chosen Tampa to run their 2012 victory lap in? Too bad choosing a leader hasn't been as easy an endeavor.

    Doesn't Limbaugh have a home in Florida?

    May 12, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  21. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    nice.. I'm sure that the GOP wishes that all of America looked like the RNC

    Almost ALL WHITE
    very few minorities
    all have the same right wing agenda to practice
    and the minorities they do have know their place (ie Mike Steele) and can be controlled.

    That way they won't need to cry "We Want Our Country Back!!" anymore.

    May 12, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  22. jeff

    As a resident of Florida, it makes me cringe that the looney toons are coming to our neck of the woods. Why can't they do this thing in Alaska, or Arizona. We have worked so hard to make our state a shining example of diversity, inclusion, and embrace what our country can achieve. The thought of the bund coming to a theatre in you neighborhood is absolutely sickening. I could go on and on and on, but I have to get to Amazon and place my pre-order for Sarah Palins new book. How is that drill baby drill working out for you.

    You Bet Cha,

    May 12, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  23. Jackalope

    The Republicans always like to be close to the oil.

    May 12, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  24. Mike, FL

    So much for the GOP “dril baby dril” nonsense. Suddenly all the GOP Hippocrates are against offshore drilling!

    May 12, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
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