CLEVELAND -- The chairman of the Republican National Committee announced Tuesday that it recommends Cleveland to be the host city of the 2016 Republican National Convention.
“The Republican National Committee has chosen Cleveland and we couldn’t be more excited," said Reince Priebus live on FOX News around noon. "It’s a city that’s on the rise. We’re excited about it, they’re building the entire thing front out and I gotta tell, you if you haven’t been to Cleveland lately it’s a real surprise how beautiful it is down by that lake and we’re excited about bringing the RNC to Cleveland in 2016."
— RNC (@GOP) July 8, 2014
Cleveland topped Dallas in the final round.
"“Cleveland is a phenomenal city, and I can’t think of a better place to showcase our party and our nominee in 2016," said Enid Mickelsen, the site selection chairperson. "This committee was tasked with difficult decisions and was presented with several strong options to host our convention. I’m confident Cleveland is the right pick for our next national convention. Cleveland has demonstrated they have the commitment, energy, and terrific facilities to help us deliver a history-making Republican convention."
The RNC's site selection committee was made up of nine people who helped to make the recommendation.
Next, negotiations with Cleveland leaders will begin. Early next month the full RNC - 168 members - will ratify the whole deal.
The RNC thanked Dallas, saying it will make a great host for the party in the future.