Washington — The Republican National Committee’s Site Selection Committee has announced Cleveland will be their recommendation to host the 2016 Republican National Convention. The RNC and Cleveland will now negotiate details for the 2016 convention, the RNC said in a press release.
The site selection committee’s recommendation will be presented in August to the full Republican National Committee for a final vote when it meets in Chicago. Approval remains contingent on successful contract negotiations, the press release stated. Cleveland beat out Dallas’ bid for the convention, said site selection Chairwoman Enid Mickelsen.
“Cleveland is a phenomenal city, and I can’t think of a better place to showcase our party and our nominee in 2016,” Mickelsen said. “Cleveland has demonstrated they have the commitment, energy, and terrific facilities to help us deliver a history-making Republican convention.”
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus called a Cleveland convention a “great stepping stone to the White House in 2016.
“The team from Cleveland has gone above and beyond the call of duty and I think they’re representative of a city eager to show the country all the fantastic things they have to offer,” he added. “The RNC set a new standard for conventions during this process. Not only will the convention be held earlier in 2016, but there are also substantial guarantees in place for funding that put us well ahead of previous conventions and will give our nominee the best opportunity to succeed.”