Tampa asked about hosting 2016 Democratic National Convention

11:36 PM, Feb 27, 2014   |    comments
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Tampa, FL - Tampa hosted the 2012 Republican National Convention and now the city is being asked if there's interest in bringing the 2016 Democratic National Convention to town.

"I think it's a recognition that what we did during the RNC set the standard for how these should be run," Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn told 10 News.

Buckhorn said it's flattering to be asked but expressed some hesitation over hosting the DNC.

"The DNC puts requirements on the host city that you can't accept corporate money to put these events on. One of the reasons that we were so successful is because our committee was able to raise 50-million plus that didn't require the city to put in much money into the convention."

And no one knows that better than the 2012 Host Committee President and CEO Ken Jones.

"It's the money. it's always the money," Jones said. 

"It's hard to raise that much money in this environment I mean the economy is much better today than it was in '09 when we were trying to raise money, so the Democrats would really have to get their fundraising machine cranked up, get the right people on board and raise about 60 million private dollars."

About three dozen cities received letters earlier this month from Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz asking if they're interested in hosting the event.

READ: DNC letter sent to Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn (PDF)

Orlando and Miami are the other two Florida cities that also received a letter.

Other cities include Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Memphis, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Nashville, New York, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Oakland, Pittsburgh, Portland, Sacramento, San Antonio

Cities have been told if they are interested in hosting the event they need to respond to the DNC by next week.

Organizers of the 2012 Republican National Convention say the event had a total economic impact of $404 million.

The week-long event brought thousands of Republican delegates and journalists to the Bay area... but only a handful of protesters, despite projections that thousands would show up.

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