By Frank Lewis
Ohioans in key positions are commenting on the choice of Cleveland for the 2016 Republican National Convention.
“This is great news for Cleveland and our entire state,” U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) said. “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. 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.”
The announcement follows months of work by a committee to draw the RNC to Cleveland for what shapes up to be an election with a lot of interest since there will be no incumbent in the race.
“We are pleased and proud that Cleveland has been selected as the site for the 2016 Republican convention and look forward to welcoming delegates and visitors from across the country to see firsthand all that Cleveland has to offer,” Eli Miller, Americans for Prosperity Ohio State Director, said.
The decision also drew praise from the other side of the aisle in Washington.
“Today’s announcement is excellent news for Ohio. It represents another step forward in the city of Cleveland’s renaissance,” U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) said. “As a Cleveland resident, I’m proud that we will host a party’s national convention and give America the opportunity to experience our region’s world class museums, restaurants, and other attractions. This isn’t about being a Democrat or Republican. This is about bringing jobs to Northeast Ohio and ensuring that our region’s economy continues to grow—with the focus of the country, and even world, on Ohio once again.”
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus announced Cleveland as the Republicans’ recommended location on Fox News in a live, on-air interview. The GOP is considering June 28, 2016, and July 18, 2016, as possible dates.
“We’re excited about bringing the convention to Cleveland in Ohio, and we’re excited about the decision. We think it’s a smart decision,” Priebus said.
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