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Chicago and 30 other cities were asked Wednesday to bid on hosting the 2008 Republican National Convention.



Chicago and 30 other cities were asked Wednesday to bid on hosting the 2008 Republican National Convention.
“We are excited to begin the process of selecting a city to host our 2008 convention,��? RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman said in a statement.
“We have had a lot of interest from a variety of cities across the country and look forward to finding a city that will help us showcase our positive agenda for America,��? added RNC Co-Chairman and Site Selection Committee Chair Jo Ann Davidson.
RNC treasurer Robert Kjellander, an Illinois-based lobbyist who is an ex officio member of the site selection committee told the Chicago Sun-Timers on Wednesday the party sent bids ``to every city that potentially had the capability’’ of handling a convention.
Kjellander said he had ``no indication’’ whether Chicago was interested in pursuing a bid.
The United Center was home to the Democratic National Convention in 1996, when President Clinton was nominated to a second term.
Cities that received 2008 request for proposals are: Anaheim, Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Kansas City, Memphis, Miami, Minneapolis, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, Sacramento, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis, and Tampa.
The date for the convention has not been set. The 2004 GOP convention was held in New York, with Republicans gathering in Philadelphia in 2000. A first cut of contenders will be decided by this summer with a final selection scheduled no later than Feb., 2007.


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Kudos to Chicago for not just saying no to the RNC, but HELL NO!

Rock on Chicago!!!

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