Republican National Convention site selection committee leaves Denver, visiting Dallas next

DALLAS - After three days in Denver, top Republican officials are visiting Dallas as they consider sites for the party's 2016 convention.

Republican National Committee officials will arrive at Dallas' Victory Plaza downtown and tour the American Airlines Center, the arena that would serve as the convention site if Dallas' bid is successful.

The RNC site selection committee has already visited the other three finalists --  Denver, Cleveland and Kansas City.

The Republican National Committee chairman and the Site Selection Committee chairwoman praised Denver Tuesday for its effort and commitment to bring the 2016 Republican National Convention.

"It's been exciting to see that Denver really does want to host another convention," said RNC site selection committee chairwoman Enid Mickelson. "Not every city that has hosted is a national convention is excited about hosting it again. It’s a credit to your community that you had such a positive experience in 2008 that so many of your community leaders are willing to do it again."

Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus said even his wife was pushing for the RNC to choose Denver.

"I've been getting positive, pro-Denver texts from my wife this morning," Priebus said Tuesday.

Priebus was impressed that a Democratic mayor [Denver's Michael Hancock] was willing to make calls and raise money for a Republican convention.

The site selection committee is reviewing venues, hospitality, security and transportation options in each city.

A final decision is expected in August.

'Vote' for Denver on the GOP website:

http://www.gop.com/act/choose-the-city
 

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