Colorado GOP submits bid to host 2016 RNC in Denver

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Former Congressman Bob Beauprez (left) talks about the Colorado GOP’s bid to host the 2016 RNC in Denver alongside Mayor Michael Hancock and party chairman Ryan Call.

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DENVER — Colorado Republicans officially submitted a formal bid Monday to host the 2016 Republican National Convention here, arguing that the vibrant, growing capital city of this critical key state is the best place for the party to nominate its presidential candidate to succeed President Barack Obama, who was himself first nominated here in 2008.

In a pitch video and a binder three inches thick, Colorado Republicans emphasized the city’s readiness to host a major event based on 2008’s successful DNC — and they leaned heavily on Democrats to make their pitch.

Mayor Michael Hancock and Gov. John Hickenlooper appear together in the video message to RNC delegates to tout Colorado’s many assets: temperate summer weather, thousands of hotel rooms, restaurants staffed by award-winning chefs and myriad recreational possibilities for convention delegates.

“We think we are number one and we intend to convince them of that,” said Bob Beauprez, chairman of the Denver bid effort who, along with Colorado GOP Chairman Ryan Call, will travel to meet with the RNC’s site selection committee in Washington, DC next week.

Beyond the facilities needed to host a convention, which would take place at the Pepsi Center as the DNC did six years ago, Colorado offers Republicans something more important — an opportunity to sharpen its message to Hispanic voters and to regain its foothold in the west.

“The west is extremely important,” Beauprez said. “Anyone can do that arithmetic.”

Colorado’s emergence as a bellwether state, a place where so many of the defining political issues of the time are playing out, is all the more reason it should be considered a front-runner to host the convention, Call said.

“Colorado is at the forefront on a whole host of issues: tax reform, education, the Second Amendment, immigration,” he said. “What better place to have that conversation about the kind of party we want to have and the person who should lead this country than in such a dynamic place.”

Hancock, who appeared with Call and Beapurez to announce the bid at the Denver City and County Building Monday, was enthusiastic in his support for the bid and the opportunity to host the RNC, even as a Democratic mayor.

“This is not about partisan politics. This is about business for Denver,” he said, noting that the DNC in 2008 had a $133 million economic impact on the city and region.

“Part of my job as the mayor is to help attract conventions and business to the city; and we’ll recognize Republicans to this city just as we did with Democrats in 2008.”

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