Wednesday the Republican National Committee's Site Selection Committee voted to narrow the list of sites in contention for the 2016 Republican National Convention from eight to six cities. Cities moving on to the next round of consideration are Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, and Las Vegas.
19 Action News talked with Governor John Kasich at the Greater Cleveland Partnership meeting held at the convention center.
"Jobs Ohio has back stopped the convention with 10 million dollars which should help and I would just be thrilled if it could be won here in the state, and there's no better place than Cleveland," says the Governor.
A small team of RNC staff will visit the six cities for a more in-depth and technical look at financing, convention venues, media workspace, and hotels. The SSC will reconvene soon after the RNC's Spring Meeting to make a determination on which of these six cities will receive official site visits from the full RNC delegation.
Rob Frost, the Chairman of the Cuyahoga County Republicans said Cleveland will put it's next foot forward.
"We're going to show off to the RNC and their staff why Cleveland is the best place in the country to hold a convention . We've got everything they need right here, " Frost said.
Following today's vote, SSC Chair Enid Mickelsen released the following statement:
"After a painstaking review, I'm pleased to announce that six cities have moved on to the next round of consideration for the 2016 Republican National Convention. The eyes of the world will be on the RNC and our host city in the summer of 2016, and these six cities have shown they have what it takes to move forward.
"In any other year, Columbus and Phoenix could have topped the list, but with so many strong cities competing, the committee had to make the difficult decision to narrow the field. Phoenix and Columbus are great American cities, and I hope they'll pursue a future bid for an RNC convention.
"I want to thank each city for their tireless efforts and hard work throughout this process, and I look forward to this next phase as we select a city to help us nominate the next Republican President of the United States."
The Ohio Republican Party congratulated both Cleveland and Cincinnati for advancing.
"It speaks volumes about our state that we are home to three world-class cities that were able to submit competitive bids to host the 2016 Republican National Convention," said Ohio Republican Party Chairman Matt Borges. "Ohio is now the only state with two cities advancing as potential host cities. We will do everything we can to support Cincinnati's and Cleveland's bids for the convention. The road to the White House runs through Ohio,which makes us the perfect state to host the Republican National Convention. I want to congratulate and thank all three Ohio cities for their hard work preparing their bids. While we are disappointed that Columbus did not advance, today's results make clear that Ohio is an important state with vibrant cities."
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