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Cleveland on List of Possible Sites for Democratic National Convention

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CLEVELAND – Several months after being approached by republicans, the city of Cleveland has now been approached by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to submit a proposal to host a convention in 2016.

On Tuesday, a spokesperson for Cleveland confirmed the invitation to participate from the DNC and said they looked forward to the opportunity.

“I think it’s really exciting,” said Mariah Dobies from Cleveland. “I think more people should get involved in politics and bringing it here would be really cool.”

Along with Cleveland, the DNC asked Chicago, New York and 12 others to make a pitch to host the presidential nominating convention in 2016.

The DNC said the party will accept proposals through Friday, June 6 and will pick a host city either late this year or early in 2015.

Some question whether Northeast Ohio could handle the influx of tourists and politicians. “Who’s gonna protect them?” asked Kenneth Abrams from Cleveland. “Plus the fact there’s nowhere for them to stay. If they’re gonna stay in Cleveland, where they gonna stay at? They gotta go to the suburbs and try and make it back. I mean, Cleveland is not the ideal spot.”

Marie Palechka, also from Cleveland, disagrees. “I think it would be good for the city.  It’s going to bring in a lot of revenue for the city. There’s gonna be business that will profit from it all over,” she said.

Additional cities under consideration include: Atlanta, Columbus, Detroit, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Miami, Nashville, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh and Salt Lake City.

According to the Associated Press, some cities seem more likely than others. For instance, President Barack Obama, who will be leaving the White House in 2017, calls Chicago home and his potential successor Hillary Rodham Clinton is from Illinois.  Clinton also represented New York in the Senate.

Cleveland has already survived the first round of cuts by the Republican National Committee. The GOP is also looking for a host city and previously approached city officials. Wednesday, April 30, the RNC will be in town for private talks with Cleveland leaders.

Both the DNC and RNC are expected to make final decisions later this year.

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