Ohio responds to RNC host city recommendation with pride
CLEVELAND — The message from the RNC was clear.
“If you haven’t been to Cleveland lately, it’s a real surprise how beautiful it is down by that lake,” said RNC chairman Reince Priebus.
But it took more than looks to win the site selection committee’s recommendation for host city of the 2016 Republican National Convention.
The announcement was made around noon Tuesday.
“As a Cleveland resident, I’m proud that we will host a party’s national convention and give America the opportunity to experience our region’s world class museums, restaurants, and other attraction,” said U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH). “This isn’t about being a Democrat or Republican. This is about bringing jobs to Northeast Ohio and ensuring that our region’s economy continues to grow—with the focus of the country, and even world, on Ohio once again.”
“The city of Cleveland has worked tirelessly to present a compelling case to the selection team, and I’m proud of their efforts. We now have to opportunity to highlight our city’s rebirth to the entire world,” said Rep. Jim Renacci (OH-16). “The city has a strong fundraising effort underway and has more than enough enthusiasm to ensure a successful convention. I look forward to hosting my fellow Republicans in our great city in 2016.”
““This is great news for Cleveland and our entire state,” U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) said. “It’s a unique opportunity to showcase the new Cleveland as one of America’s great cities, and to bring dollars and jobs to Ohio. I am really proud of the way the Cleveland community has come together to support the first national convention in Ohio since 1936.”
“Cleveland has much to offer delegates to the 2016 Republican National Convention,” said U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge (OH-11). “I welcome the economic benefit and national attention the convention will bring to the City of Cleveland and the region. It would also provide an opportunity for the Republican delegates and national media to learn more about the hopes, strengths and challenges facing our residents. ”
The RNC will negotiate with Cleveland then all members will vote to ratify the deal.
In the meantime, Twitter is also buzzing with general reaction.