Columbus makes its pitch to visiting Democrats why to host 2016 Democratic National Convention

Posted at 4:41 PM, Aug 06, 2014

Call it the political equivalent of holding serve, that’s at the core of the Columbus argument for hosting the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

Members of a DNC technical advisory team visited the Ohio state capital on Wednesday to take a closer look at the city’s bid to host the 2016 convention.

Their visit comes a month following the recommendation of Cleveland to host the 2016 Republican National Convention. The RNC expected to unanimously ratify that decision when they meet Friday in Chicago for their annual summer meeting.

Cleveland had also bid to host the DNC but withdrew last month after getting the GOP nod.

Columbus is one of five cities still under consideration by the Democrats, the others include Birmingham which submitted an unsolicited bid, Philadelphia which hosted the 2000 Republican National Convention, Brooklyn and Phoenix.

Phoenix and Columbus also bid for the 2016 RNC but were eliminated from consideration in the first round.

The first stop on the two day tour was Nationwide Arena where the convention itself would be held with additional stops to include the nearby convention center which would be used for media space, the science center and other locales around town.