Exclusive: Colorado GOP chair reveals Denver venues for 2016 Republican National Convention bid

DENVER - Colorado Republican party chairman Ryan Call reveals to 7NEWS the key downtown venues at the center of a plan to bring the 2016 Republican National Convention to Denver.

The proposal will be formally shipped on Monday to Washington D.C. after  a meeting with Denver Mayor Michael Hancock.

In proof that hometown boosterism trumps partisan politics, Colorado's two Democratic U.S. Senators, Mark Udall and Michael Bennet, wrote a letter Friday to Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus to express our their "strong support for Denver's bid to host the 2016 National Republican Convention."

Read letter of support by Senators Udall and Bennet for Denver's RNC bid: http://ch7ne.ws/Ol7RqO

"Denver has had a successful history of hosting large events, including Pope John Paul II's historic visit in 1993, the 2008 Democratic convention and the first presidential debate of 2012," the senators added. They also cited Coloradans' bipartisan backing for a GOP convention, ranging from Republicans (former U.S. Senator Hank Brown and former Gov. Bill Owens)  to Democrats (current Gov. John Hickenlooper and Mayor Hancock).

 

Call says under the proposal, the Pepsi Center will serve as the principal event site -- hosting key speeches and the nominating process. He adds that Coors Field is the proposed site for a welcome reception.  

The Colorado Convention Center would also serve as an "expo" site, part of the "delegate experience," said Call.

Colorado Republican leaders will present the plan next month to party leaders in Washington D.C.

Other cities in contention include Columbus, Ohio; Dallas; Kansas City, Mo.; and Las Vegas.

A final recommendation is expected in May 2014.

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