Denver to Join Race for 2016 GOP Convention

Republican officials in Colorado are readying a bid to land the 2016 GOP convention, joining Salt Lake and Las Vegas in the effort to lure the event to the Western U.S.

The Denver Post reportsthe Colorado GOP wants to give the same boost to their local economy as the 2008 Democratic convention. Colorado GOP president Ryan Call confirmed the plans for a bid.

In addition to Denver’s already proven record at hosting the massive four-day international event that draws roughly 50,000 visitors, a 2016 GOP convention in Denver would be apropos, Call said, because it will be “bookends of eight years of an Obama regime.”

“A Republican convention in Denver will not feature Greek columns at Mile High Stadium,” Call said, referring to the stage built in 2008 for President Barack Obama’s acceptance speech. “But it will showcase the issues important to the West and to America.”

Call acknowledged that both Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and Gov. John Hickenlooper would need to throw robust support behind the bid for the application to look attractive to national officials.