DENVER — Denver on Monday formally submitted its bid to host the 2016
Republican National Convention, arguing that its success with the 2008
Democratic convention shows it can handle such a large event.
“This is a city and a region that has proven we can do this,” Mayor Michael
Hancock said at a press conference.
Colorado also has appealing symbolic value to the RNC. Once reliably red, it
has leaned Democratic in the past two presidential elections because of an
influx of young, educated coastal professionals and a growing Hispanic voting
Those are two groups Republicans are trying to win back. And Republicans would be nominating their presidential candidate in the same place
Barack Obama was picked to head the Democratic ticket in 2008.
“There’s an easy political case to be made,” former Rep. Bob Beauprez, a
Republican and the chair of the bid committee, said.
Beauprez argued that even the state’s recent legalization of recreational
marijuana could be a plus because it shows how Colorado is on the political
“Other governors and mayors will want to come here and see how
it’s working out,” he said, noting that ballot measures to legalize the drug
are anticipated in several other states.
A delegation from Colorado will travel to Washington, D.C., next week to
present the city’s case. The RNC will select finalists from several cities vying
for the convention, among them Phoenix, Las Vegas, Kansas City, Dallas
and Columbus, Ohio.
The location is expected to be selected in the summer.