Republican National Convention Site Choice Officials Visit Dallas

Wednesday, Jun 11, 2014  |  Updated 12:19 PM CDT
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Republican officials reviewing candidate cities to host the GOP's 2016 presidential nominating convention visit Dallas this week.

Ellen Bryan, NBC 5 News

Republican officials reviewing candidate cities to host the GOP's 2016 presidential nominating convention visit Dallas this week.

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Republican National Convention Site Choice Officials Visit Dallas

The Reunion Ball in Dallas says "RNC 2016" Wednesday morning as the Republic National Convention site selection committee visits Dallas this week.
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Republican officials reviewing candidate cities to host the GOP's 2016 presidential nominating convention visit Dallas this week.

Mayor Mike Rawlings and former U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison will be among the dignitaries who will guide National GOP Chairman Reince Priebus and other party officials through Victory Plaza and the American Airlines Center on the edge of downtown Dallas. The tour is scheduled for Thursday.

Meanwhile, Enid Mickelson, chairwoman of the Republican National Committee site-selection committee, says party officials already have ruled out AT&T Stadium, the Dallas Cowboy's home venue in Arlington, because it's too remote from convention hotels and support resources in Dallas.

The Dallas County Republican Chairman said they are inviting supporters to join them at the American Airlines Center on Thursday morning. From 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., they will be welcoming the RNC Selection Committee.

Organizers said the goal is to show the committee how excited Dallas would be to host the convention.

Dallas is competing against Denver, Cleveland and Kansas City, Missouri.

Republican Party officials are wrapping up their visit to Denver. After a tour of the Pepsi Center on Tuesday, convention committee members say legal marijuana in Denver won't hinder the city's chances.

Denver is also holding its own in fundraising, with nearly $11 million in pledges so far. Host cities have to raise around $60 million.

The committee will announce where it's holding the convention in August.

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