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July 8, 2014 - 9:10 am

The Republican Party has picked Cleveland as the site of its 2016 convention, pending final approval of the site selection committee’s recommendation and successful contract negotiations with the host city.

“A Cleveland convention offers our party a great steppingstone to the White House in 2016, and I’m encouraged by the committee’s recommendation. The team from Cleveland has gone above and beyond the call of duty and I think they’re representative of a city eager to show the country all the fantastic things they have to offer,” Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus said about the selection of the swing-state city.

“The RNC set a new standard for conventions during this process. Not only will the convention be held earlier in 2016, but there are also substantial guarantees in place for funding that put us well ahead of previous conventions and will give our nominee the best opportunity to succeed,” Priebus added.

He gave a shout out to Dallas, which had also been in the running and lobbied for the convention. “The hospitality shown by their city, their team and the Republican community in Dallas has been tremendous,” the chairman said.

Site Selection Chairwoman Enid Mickelsen said the committee “was tasked with difficult decisions and was presented with several strong options to host our convention.”

“I’m confident Cleveland is the right pick for our next national convention,” Mickelsen said. “Cleveland has demonstrated they have the commitment, energy, and terrific facilities to help us deliver a history-making Republican convention.”

Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) called the selection “great news for Cleveland and our entire state.”

“It’s a unique opportunity to showcase the new Cleveland as one of America’s great cities, and to bring dollars and jobs to Ohio. I am really proud of the way the Cleveland community has come together to support the first national convention in Ohio since 1936,” Portman said in a statement. “The Cleveland community deserves the credit for making it happen. I’ll continue to work closely with the Cleveland host committee and the RNC regarding convention planning to help whenever I can to ensure this is a successful convention.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Being a conservative Republican, who gave a significant contribution to Portman in his first Senate race, and living in northeast Ohio, I would welcome the Republican convention, and of course vote for Rob Portman who is up this year, if he had not participated in the immoral and Alinsky style primary election theft in Mississippi. As it is, since he helped Mitch McConnell in this disgusting and corrupt use of mob tactics, I won't vote for him. And for the Republicans, since this is now their "core principle" - defeat conservatism using any means necessary - I won't pay a second of attention to their convention in 2016. Hopefully by then there will be a party that views implementing conservative ideas as their main purpose.
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I don't understand this. Cleveland is a nasty place with large, powerful blocks who will be ordered to disrupt the Republican convention. The unions will be especially problematic.
Unless, the is exactly what the Republicans want to demonstrate to the rest of the world. But, even that doesn't seem likely because the commie media will focus on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame rather than democratic antics.
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has anybody from the RNC actually BEEN to cleveland ?? it's detroit-lite...and that's being kind. the delegates are going to be in for shock when they arrive in this half-deserted, boarded-up, crime-ridden hellhole.
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Ohio went for Obama twice. What's so great about that. Reward a state with the RNC Convention? Really?
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Being a conservative Republican, who gave a significant contribution to Portman in his first Senate race, and living in northeast Ohio, I would welcome the Republican convention, and of course vote for Rob Portman who is up this year, if he had not participated in the immoral and Alinsky style primary election theft in Mississippi. As it is, since he helped Mitch McConnell in this disgusting and corrupt use of mob tactics, I won't vote for him. And for the Republicans, since this is now their "core principle" - defeat conservatism using any means necessary - I won't pay a second of attention to their convention in 2016. Hopefully by then there will be a party that views implementing conservative ideas as their main purpose.
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Thankfully the convention is not in Southern Ohio. The stench out of Cleveland will be bad enough.
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A Cincy convention would have been a Boehner-McConnell-Portman circle jerk, with the questionable optics of Rand Paul crossing the Ohio from Covington to take the nomination. I say the RNC right a wrong and give Glendale AZ a shot (Phoenix proper is too weaselly).
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"...the first national convention in Ohio since 1936,”

I'm not sure I'd want to remind people of that, since the 1936 Republican convention in Cleveland nominated Alf Landon, who went on to be crushed 46 states (including Ohio) to 2 against FDR.
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