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Cleveland to host 2016 RNC

 
Cleveland to host 2016 RNC
Posted Tuesday, July 8th 2014 @ 2pm  by WTVN Newsroom

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WTVN) -- The Republican National Convention will be in Cleveland in 2016.

"I know at first people think 'What? You're going to Cleveland?' but I guarantee you it was pretty compelling," said RNC Chairman Reince Priebus.

Priebus says they were impressed with Cleveland's facilities from Quicken Loans Arena to Progressive Field.

"It's a real surprise how beautiful it is down by that lake and we're excited about bringing the RNC to Cleveland in 2016," he said.

Ohio Republican Party Chairman Matt Borges calls the choice historic for Ohio. The state hasn't hosted a major political party convention since Cleveland hosted Republicans in 1936.

Borges isn't worried about Republicans going to a part of Ohio that's traditionally been a stronghold for Democrats.

"Obviously an incredibly part of the state for us to energize Republicans in. This has been an all-in effort across the board," he said.

Borges believes the nation could learn a lot from Ohio when it comes to recovering from the recession. He cites the state's financial situation and adding jobs instead of losing them.

Gov. John Kasich, campaigning for re-election in western Ohio, agrees that it will be a great chance to showcase Ohio.

"We're going to be able to tell the country, something we've been so hungry to do, to tell the rest of the country about Ohio," Kasich said.

Kasich says Ohio has the right formula for helping the country and it's worked here. He believes Ohio has been able to transform itself from an industrial state to one that still relies on manufacturing and agriculture, but also focuses on things like information technology, healthcare, and financial services.

The convention will bring thousands of members of the media and world-attention to the city.

"I think it's a city that's under-appreciated. I think a lot of people have a memory of Cleveland that's no longer accurate," said Sen. Rob Portman, a Republican.

The selection has been praised by Democrats as well.

"This isn’t about being a Democrat or Republican. This is about bringing jobs to Northeast Ohio and ensuring that our region’s economy continues to grow—with the focus of the country, and even world, on Ohio once again," said Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat.  

Fundraising efforts will need to come up with $55 million to $60 million to cover the cost of hosting the event.

(Photo courtesy Getty Images)

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