The final countdown: Who’s hosting the DNC?
The Democratic National Committee just announced that Philly is one of the final three contenders for the 2016 convention. Birmingham and Phoenix are out and the committee is expected to make the final decision early next year. So what are the city's chances?
Brooklyn, New York
Columbus went all-out in its bid for the 2016 DNC. When DNC site selectors stopped by, the city drew a crowd of 1,000 to a rally and parade at the Nationwide Arena. Ohio would be the epitome of a swing state if its capital is chosen to host the DNC — Cleveland was chosen to host the 2016 Republican National Convention (RNC). Both cities would have to raise around $50 million to make the conventions happen, but they are home to voters who may need more swaying.
The city of brotherly love has a few things going for it — the capacity to host with sports centers and the Pennsylvania Convention Center as well as experience in hosting major conventions, including the RNC in 2000 and, potentially, the World Meeting of Families next year (with guest appearance by the Pope). The city also has some names to drop — Ed Rendell, former mayor and governor of the state, is a former DNC head and both Vice President Joe Biden and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton can claim family ties to Pennsylvania. Just like Columbus, Philly went all out when the DNC came to visit — with a Rocky re-enactor and everything.