Colorado GOP wants 2016 convention in Denver
Nov. 15, 2013 1:26 PM |
Could Denver be among the cities interested in hosting the 2016 Republican National Convention?
The Denver Post reported earlier this week that the Colorado Republican Party would like to bring the national GOP to the Mile High City. If the group is successful - and there's a long way to go - such a move could be a repeat of the economic boost Denver received when the city hosted the 2008 Democratic National Convention for Barack Obama's first coming out party as a presidential nominee.
Call told the newspaper that Denver makes sense as a host city in part because the location would serve as "bookends of eight years of an Obama regime."
He also pointedly said such a convention would not feature Greek columns, a reference to the backdrop at then-named Invesco Field for Obama's acceptance speech. The stage at the football stadium's 50-yard-line resembled a Greek temple, complete with the iconic columns.
Officials with the city of Denver and state of Colorado aren't yet fully committed to the Colorado GOP effort. That contrasts with what's going on in Las Vegas, where city and state officials are going full bore to attract the 2016 Republican National Convention.
Although Obama carried Colorado in the 2008 and 2012 elections, the swing state is still considered to be up for grabs by either party in a presidential contest. The 2008 Democratic convention pumped $266.1 million into Denver's economy, according to an economic impact report.