DENVER -- Denver is showing off for the Republican National Committee in hopes of winning the national convention bid for 2016. The RNC toured several venues Tuesday, including the Pepsi Center.
The goal is to be the first and final choice, to host 50,000 people in 2016. Between great facilities such as the Pepsi Center and expanded light rail and commuter rail service, committee members say they are confident Denver sells itself.
The committee members sang the praises of the Mile High City Tuesday, but that doesn't mean Denver will get the bid.
Denver is the third of four cities to get a visit from the RNC.
"We have never actually held a RNC in the Rocky Mountians or the West," Colorado GOP Chairman Ryan Call said.
Gov. John Hickenlooper and Mayor Michael Hancock, both Democrats, are also backing the bid, which could bring 50,000 people to Denver for a week.
A lift for the local economy and perhaps Republicans looking to win back the White House.
"I don't think Republicans need to be too worried about winning Texas or Kansas with respect to the next presidential election," Call said.
The committee heads to Dallas on Wednesday. It's the final city it will tour before the big decision in the summer. Experts say Dallas is Denver's biggest rival for the convention. Kansas City and Cleveland are also in the running.