- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 14, 2002

Boston will host the 2004 Democratic National Convention, edging out New York and two other cities as Democrats prepare to challenge President Bush's expected re-election bid.
The decision by the Democratic Party means it will select its presidential candidate in one of the nation's most liberal states and home of Democratic Sen. John Kerry, a potential candidate.
Cheers were heard at Boston City Hall when party Chairman Terry McAuliffe called Mayor Thomas M. Menino with the news on a conference call that included Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Edward M. Kennedy and Mr. Kerry.
"This has been a long journey," Mr. Menino said, crediting community and business leaders who helped put together the winning bid.
"Boston is a city that works for all our people, and that's what we want the future of America to be," Mr. Menino said.
The Democratic National Convention's site-advisory committee unanimously recommended Boston, which Mr. McAuliffe is expected to accept.
Alice Huffman, co-chairman of the site-advisory panel, said that all four cities made good presentations, but "there was one shining star."
Detroit and Miami also were finalists in the bidding for the convention.
The party's convention will be held during the week of July 26, 2004, said a source discussing the subject on the condition of anonymity.
Boston has promised a $49.5 million financial package of support for the convention, including $20 million in cash commitments.
Michael Meehan, senior counselor to Mr. McAuliffe, said those letters of credit from Boston businesses marked the first time that cash has been promised before a convention bid has been awarded.
"Cash makes a louder statement than promised in-kind services," he said.
Up until yesterday, Mr. McAuliffe had not ruled out Detroit, because of Michigan's importance as a swing state in the presidential elections, Mr. Meehan said earlier.
Boston has never hosted a national political convention.
New York had pledged $72 million, Miami $40 million and Detroit $50 million.
New York also is one of three finalists for the Republican National Convention, along with New Orleans and Tampa-St. Petersburg in Florida, where Jeb Bush, President Bush's brother, is the Republican governor.
Mr. Bush has not announced his intentions, but White House officials are already plotting his re-election and have no doubt that he will seek a second term. Mr. Bush did say last week that if he runs again, Vice President Richard B. Cheney will again be on the ticket with him.
The Republican's site committee has not yet made a recommendation.
Cities increased their lobbying of the Democratic National Committee in recent days.
Mr. Kennedy called Mr. McAuliffe on Friday to pitch Boston.
New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, a Republican, flew to Washington to dine with Mr. McAuliffe on Sunday night.

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