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Council Joins Quest For GOP Convention

Aug 2, 2013

Credit City of KC, RNC, Steve Bell

Kansas City, Mo. made it official Thursday, the city is going after the 2016 Republican National Convention.

The city council resolved to support the efforts of an independent group that began working to land the convention more than five months ago.

Mayor Pro-tem Cindy Circo told the council the idea is not far-fetched.

“There is real significant evidence that we are in the running," she told her colleagues. "And no matter what your political affiliation, economic impacts are green dollars to the region, and those are reasons enough for Kansas City to make itself a viable attraction for that very large convention that will make a huge impact to our communities."

If the city does host the convention, events would be held in both Kansas City, Mo. and Kansas City, Kan.

The last political convention in Kansas City was the GOP convention of 1976. Gerald Ford edged Ronald Reagan for the presidential nomination and chose Bob Dole as his running mate.