While the Republicans will be partying in Cleveland to anoint the 2016 presidential nominee, Democrats have just picked the City of Brotherly Love for their convention.
NBC10 in Philadelphia reported that Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), head of the Democratic National Convention, met with President Obama in the Oval Office on Wednesday night to get his seal of approval before inking the contracts.
He “enthusiastically signed off,” and the contract was signed today.
“I am thrilled to announce that Philadelphia will host the convention where we will nominate the 45th President of the United States,” Wasserman Schultz said in a statement. “In addition to their commitment to a seamless and safe convention, Philadelphia’s deep rooted place in American history provides a perfect setting for this special gathering. I cannot wait to join Democrats across the country to celebrate our shared values, lay out a Democratic vision for the future, and support our nominee.”
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said it was their “proven track record of hosting big events safely and efficiently with a dynamic team of top-tier professionals to organize and manage a conference of this magnitude, paired with our City’s tremendous amenities, its accessible location and historical significance, which made Philadelphia the ideal choice for the 2016 DNC.”
“We’re all delighted to make history again, here in the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection,” Nutter said in a statement.
Other finalist cities competing for the DNC honor were New York and Columbus. Birmingham and Phoenix also wanted to host the convention, but were eliminated from the list of finalists.
The Republican confab will be July 18-21. The Dems will meet afterward, the week of July 25.