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It's down to Cleveland and Dallas for the Republican presidential convention
Cleveland also is on of six cities that may land the Democrats 2016 convention
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


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M.L. Schultze
 
National Republicans were laudatory of Cleveland's ability to host a presidential convention when they visited the city a few weeks ago.
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The Republican National Committee has just announced that Cleveland and Dallas are the two finalists for the 2016 presidential convention.

That means Denver and Kansas City have been eliminated.

Earlier today, Denver media was reporting that it was Cleveland and Kansas City that would be left off the short list, and Ohio Republican Party Chairman Matt Borges said that had been the rumor for days. But the RNC quickly said there was nothing to that rumor.

National Democrats also have Cleveland on their list of six cities for their convention, which will be later in the summer of 2016. Columbus is also on that list.

No city has ever hosted both conventions.
Here's the statement from the RNC regarding today's decision:

Today, the Republican National Committee’s Site Selection Committee selected Cleveland, Ohio and Dallas, Texas as finalists to host the 2016 Republican National Convention. The committee’s decision was based on a thorough review of bids, presentations, and visits to each of the cities.

 
Following today’s meeting of the RNC’s Site Selection Committee, Chairwoman Enid Mickelsen issued the following statement: 

“After extensive review the site selection committee has chosen Cleveland and Dallas as finalists for the 2016 convention.  Cleveland and Dallas demonstrated their ability to host a phenomenal convention in 2016, and the RNC is excited about the prospect of hosting our convention in either of these great cities. After visiting both cities, I can say to my fellow Republicans that we should be excited for the 2016 convention. These world class cities know how to roll out the welcome mat, and more importantly they have the ability to provide our next presidential nominee a launching pad that will put a Republican in the White House in 2016. 

“The committee extends our sincere thanks and gratitude to Denver and Kansas City  for their hard work and dedication to this effort.  Both teams should be proud of their work. They were great ambassadors for their cities, and we felt fortunate to visit and get to know them. This was a tough decision for our committee because all four of these cities made excellent bids. 

“As we move closer to choosing a host for our convention, I’m more confident than ever that we’ll have an outstanding partner to showcase our Party and our Republican nominee in 2016.” 

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