CLE Fighting to Host ’16 Republican National Convention

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Ohio always plays a crucial role in deciding presidential elections, but in 2016 the Buckeye State could be an even bigger part of the process.

Cleveland is one of three Ohio cities trying to host the Republican National Convention.

In the summer of 2012, the Republican National Convention to nominate Mitt Romney was held in Tampa, Fla., bringing in millions of dollars to the city's economy.

The city of Cleveland hopes in 2016 it can reap the same benefits. Columbus and Cincinnati are also among eight cities from across the country vying for the convention, too.

"I think it'll bring revenue and generate money, so it may be a good thing," said one Northeast Ohio resident.

"I think it would be a great idea and I think it would also boost the economy," said another.

On Monday, several city leaders met with Republican officials in Washington to learn what a city needs to have to host the convention, including how many hotel rooms they need and how many large arenas and other venues they have.

Cleveland city leaders would not reveal specifics about the meeting, but in a statement Mayor Frank Jackson's office said:

"Last year, the RNC asked if the city of Cleveland was interested in receiving the RFP, or request for proposal, for the 2016 Convention. We said yes. Cleveland is a fantastic destination city, with outstanding amenities and we have competed for conventions in the past.”

"I want one of the Ohio cities to end up putting forward the bid that catches the attention of the committee so that we can get the RNC convention for 2016 somewhere in Ohio," said Matt Borges, chairman of the Ohio Republican Party.

Borges said he believes the Buckeye State is the logical place to hold the convention.

"Ohio voters play such an enormous role in selecting who that individual is that it just makes sense to put the focus on Ohio during the campaign and bring one of the political conventions to the Buckeye State," Borges said.

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