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“Our mission is to be the best host [the GOP] has ever had,” he said. “For me, it’s not about the partisan nature of it — it’s an economic development opportunity, and that’s how I treat it. I don’t care what goes on in the [convention] building.”

And while he says he would be open to helping President Obama’s re-election campaign after the convention, “in terms of partisan politics I’m agnostic for the next 40 days.”

Despite the headaches that come with hosting a major political party convention, Mr. Buckhorn says the benefits far outweigh the negatives, adding the buzz around the city leading up to the event is “20 times” that of the city’s four Super Bowls combined.

“I want my city to shine, and I want to compete with the best cities out there and stand amongst them, so this is the way we do it,” he said. “I’ve got the eye-black on and I’m just waiting to get in. Let me play.”