RNC Staff in Town for Technical Visit, ‘Impressed with CLE’

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CLEVELAND -- Wednesday is Cleveland's day to make an impression on some important visitors.

The city is one of six still in the running to host the Republican National Convention in 2016.

RNC staff members and advisers conducted a technical visit to gather information and will be in private talks with city leaders. A brief press conference was held at 4:15 p.m. to discuss the process.

At the event, RNC Site Selection Chair Enid Mickelsen said it was delightful to be in Cleveland. She would not comment on if Cleveland met its requirements as part of the search process, but said she is impressed.

“We’ve entered the next phase of the site selection process with all cities on an even playing field – there are no favorites, there are no underdogs,” Mickelsen said prior to the press conference. “The technical visits will help aid the committee in their decision-making process as we narrow the field of cities in contention for the 2016 Republican National Convention.”

If Cleveland makes the cut, an official site visit from the entire RNC delegation will take place in late May or early June.

Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City and Las Vegas also remain host city contenders.

The full RNC governing body will vote on the final convention city in late summer or early fall.

Cleveland is also in the running to host 2016's Democratic National Convention.

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