WASHINGTON – As Democratic party supporters rev up for the campaign trail,the Democratic National Committee announced that Philadelphia will host its 2016 convention.
“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,” Wasserman Schultz said in a press release.
“The progress that has been made in Columbus in just the last decade is truly remarkable,” Wasserman Schultz said.
“Columbus is a great city on the move with a great mayor,” Rendell added.
Columbus posted a statement on its website after the news broke Thursday morning thanking everyone involved and also hinting at future convention bids.
“Our united community is what made us get as far as we did. And we will go on to accomplish more great things. We could not have done this without you,” the statement said.
Wasserman Schultz said current unrest with police did not affect the decision to eliminate New York from the running.
Mayor Bill DeBlasio’s press office released a statement after hearing about the decision.
“Brooklyn is America’s greatest urban success story,which would have made it a great backdrop to nominate the next President of the United States,” the statement said.
Wasserman Schultz said the committee based its decision on logistics,security and resources.
Philadelphia is no stranger to large conventions. The city hosted the 2000 Republican National Convention that nominated George W. Bush and will have a papal visit in September,both facts Nutter made sure to mention.
“We’ve been doing this pretty well for a couple hundred of years,” Nutter said.
The convention will start July 25,one week after the GOP National Convention in Cleveland. The city will have to raise more than $84 million for the convention. Both Nutter and Rendell said they were confident the city would exceed the target.
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