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GOP setting its sites on Cleveland and the Gay Games
Republicans are passing out water bottles to 'expand the tent'
by WKSU's KABIR BHATIA


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Gay Games 9 runs throughout this week in Northeast Ohio, and the Cuyahoga County Republican Party has pegged it as a time to do outreach. 

The party is passing out water bottles to welcome visitors to the city where the GOP will hold its national convention in two years.

Cuyahoga County GOP Chairman Rob Frost tells WKYC Channel 3 that it’s a way to fight the perception that Republicans are not gay friendly.

GOP setting its sites on Cleveland and the Gay Games

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"What this should be interpreted as is respect for diverse views. It's about expanding the tent. We know if we build a bigger tent -- and welcome people in -- we win elections. That's what this is about.”

Surveys show a majority of Republicans under-30 back legalizing same-sex marriage. Heavily Democratic Cuyahoga County essentially won the 2012 election for President Obama.
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