DNC host city to be announced soon
With three cities disputing to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention, a final decision by organizers is expected in late January or early February.
Last November the National Democratic Committee announced the DNC could take place in either Brooklyn, Columbus or Philadelphia.
“With a price tag of at least $65 million, party leaders say their choice will be based on practical matters such as finances, transportation, security and available hotel rooms,” AP reported.
Last week New York City and Columbus host committees came out with new videos to pitch their assets as rightful convention hosts.
Latina actress Rosie Perez appears in front to the Statue of Liberty promoting Brooklyn as the neighborhoods of neighborhoods. “If the DNC comes to Brooklyn, you will understand why we are so loud and proud about it,” the actress says in the video.
Columbus, on the other hand, makes its case under the phrase “we elect presidents,” highlighting the fact that “no Republican has won the White House without carrying Ohio.”
Kevin Washo, lead strategist for the non-profit behind Philadelphia’s 2016 convention bid, told usatoday.com that his group’s bid has “never been about reacting to what others have done. Our main focus is making sure our bid will be as strong as humanly possible because we believe without a doubt that this should be the city to host the convention,” Washo said.
Philadelphia already tried to woo DNC representatives with a Rocky impersonator and cheesesteaks, and there still time to catch their attention before they make up their minds.
Among the pros of choosing Philly as a host, AP highlights, that is a highly walkable and historic city; that has been the home to a variety of large events; and played host to the Republican National Convention in 2000.
“The Vatican chose Philadelphia as the site for the World Meeting of Families which Pope Francis will attend in September. Philadelphia has a booming millennial population, a demographic that Democrats want to capture in next year's election,” AP reported.