- The Washington Times - Monday, March 3, 2014

The Republican National Committee began the process Monday of listening to the sales pitches from the cities vying to host the 2016 GOP national convention, where the party’s standard-bearer will be nominated.

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and site selection committee chair Enid Mickelson told reporters that they planned to hear presentations Monday from a total of eight cities jockeying to host the event.

Five of those groups — Columbus and Cleveland, as well as Kansas City, Denver and Phoenix — made their pitches on Monday, while presentations from Dallas, Cincinnati and Las Vegas were delayed due to weather.

Mr. Priebus said that RNC is looking for a city that can shoulder the financial burden of hosting the convention and has the hotel and transportation capacity to ensure the experience is a good one for the convention delegates.

“We have to make sure that we put on a convention that gives our nominee a bump,” Mr. Priebus said.

The convention will be held in late June or July.

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