RNC ‘totally impressed’ with Cleveland as potential host city

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CLEVELAND -- Dallas, Denver and Kansas City -- you have your work cut out for you.

Cleveland has once again wowed the Republican National Committee's site selection committee charged with choosing the host city for the party's 2016 National Convention.

The RNC representatives arrived in town Monday for an official visit to tour some of Cleveland's amenities like Quicken Loans Arena and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  They also planned to visit neighborhoods like University Circle.

At a news conference Tuesday, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said he was 'totally impressed' and praised Cleveland's effort.

“The hunger, the commitment and the willingness to do whatever it takes to make this work. And that, you just can’t replace," Priebus said.

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"Lots of cities have the technical requirements," added Enid Mickelsen, the chairperson for the RNC site selection committee.  “At this point what we are looking for is a city that wants us, that is willing to work hard at it, that realizes this is a long-term commitment.”

Cleveland is also being considered to host the Democratic National Convention in 2016, but the RNC said that will not have any bearing on its decision.

Cleveland was the first to receive an official visit.  The site selection committee will also visit Dallas, Denver and Kansas City, which remain in the running for the host city.

The committee has not determined exactly how it will proceed with the selection process after the official visits are finished.  However, a final decision was expected in late summer or early fall.

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