Cleveland quietly prepares push to host the 2016 Republican National Convention

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio - As other cities make loud splashes in their very public bids to host the 2016 Republican National Convention, Cleveland's bid is more reminiscent of that old perfume commercial, "If you want to get someone's attention, whisper."

At the Republican National Committee's January meeting in Washington, D.C., other cities hosted cocktail receptions or staged other events in an early effort to sell their city to the party's movers and shakers, Cleveland did not.

That's not to say their bid isn't moving forward, Cleveland leaders were among representatives of eight cities who met in Washington with RNC leaders on Monday.

"The city, the Greater Cleveland Partnership and Positvely Cleveland had gone to be able to ask questions of the RNC," said Cuyahoga County Republican Chair. "So now it kind of gets down to the technical aspects of putting a bid together."

The city will present that bid to the RNC before Feb. 26 and then travel to Washington to make their formal presentation to the party a few days later on March 3.

"I think we'll know about a month from now if Cleveland makes the short list of cities they're going to visit," Frost said.

Cleveland made that short list in 2006 before losing out to the eventual winner of the 2008 Republican National Convention Minneapolis - St. Paul.

The difference this year is of the eight cities expected to make bids, three of them Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati are in Ohio.

"They're like your kids, you love all of them," said Gov. John Kasich when asked if he will get behind one city's bid over another. "I think it would be fantastic to have a convention here in Ohio I mean we haven't had one in forever, it would be historic, it would be exciting," he said.

Kasich said they began kicking around ideas Thursday afternoon to bolster all three bids from Ohio over the other five cities from the rest of the country. "That is that everybody would have a little bit of an advantage so that any bid that we make is going to be a strong bid."

Frost said that having three Ohio cities in this stage of the process gets people across the state thinking about the convention as being a possibility.

"I think we're all just excited to see three out of eight, those are pretty good odds of perhaps the convention coming here to our great state," Frost said.

"It might be helpful when they get down to a short list if maybe they only leave one Ohio city on that list so that all of Ohio can get behind that bid."

The other five cities expected to present bids include Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, Las Vegas and Phoenix.

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