COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- Columbus is showing itself off to a team from the Democratic National Committee as it makes a pitch to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
"They may nominate presidents in Cleveland, but we elect presidents in Columbus," said Columbus City Council President Andrew Ginther.
Columbus is the only Ohio city vying for the event after Cleveland dropped out when it was selected to host the Republican National Convention.
The team visiting Columbus is tasked with looking at the technical aspects of Columbus and determining whether or not it could handle an event like a presidential nominating convention.
"They want to make sure that everything we put in our bid we can do," said Brian Ross with Experience Columbus.
The group was welcomed to central Ohio by a rally of pro-Columbus supporters. The city rolled out the blue carpet to Nationwide Arena and began touring the team around the arena. They'll visit the convention center and get a driving tour of Columbus as well.
"We want to make sure that they see physically we can handle what they need," Ross said.
Those at the rally think Columbus is the right place for Democrats to choose.
"I absolutely think Columbus has got a shot at this. I might not have said that 5 or 10 years ago," said Samuel Tinianow, who brought some of the delegates in on a pedi-cab.
"I think just having the energy and spotlight on Cbus would be really cool," said Kristen Easterday.
Columbus is among five cities competing for the event.