RNC picks Cleveland for 2016 Republican convention

posted at 12:41 pm on July 8, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Earlier today I predicted that the RNC would choose Cleveland as its 2016 convention site, mainly for reasons of electoral politics. Republicans have to carry Ohio to have any real chance of winning the presidency next time around, and the flood of delegates — and cash — would at least theoretically boost their chances of swinging the state back into the red column. Others on Twitter thought that Jerry Jones would carry the day for Dallas, but it’s Big D who got left out in the cold:

The Republican National Committee announced Tuesday that Cleveland will host the 2016 Republican National Convention.

The decision was made by the RNC’s Site Selection Committee. The full membership of the RNC is expected to ratify the Site Selection Committee’s recommendation at its August meeting. …

Cleveland gives the Republicans a chance to hold their nominating convention in Ohio, a crucial battleground state. No Republican in modern times has won the White House without carrying the Buckeye State.

The RNC issued a statement on the award:

Site Selection Chairwoman Enid Mickelsen:

“It’s my honor to announce Cleveland as the Site Selection Committee’s recommendation to host the 2016 Republican National Convention,” said Mickelsen.  “Cleveland is a phenomenal city, and I can’t think of a better place to showcase our party and our nominee in 2016. This committee was tasked with difficult decisions and was presented with several strong options to host our convention. I’m confident Cleveland is the right pick for our next national convention. Cleveland has demonstrated they have the commitment, energy, and terrific facilities to help us deliver a history-making Republican convention.
“I extend my deepest gratitude to Dallas.  Dallas is a world class city with wonderful venues and fantastic people and I’m certain they’ll make a great host for our party in the future.  The Dallas team were excellent ambassadors for their city and showed both the committee and the RNC all the wonderful things the city has to offer.”
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus:
“A Cleveland convention offers our party a great steppingstone to the White House in 2016, and I’m encouraged by the committee’s recommendation.  The team from Cleveland has gone above and beyond the call of duty and I think they’re representative of a city eager to show the country all the fantastic things they have to offer. 
“The RNC set a new standard for conventions during this process. Not only will the convention be held earlier in 2016, but there are also substantial guarantees in place for funding that put us well ahead of previous conventions and will give our nominee the best opportunity to succeed.”
“I also want to thank Dallas. The hospitality shown by their city, their team and the Republican community in Dallas has been tremendous.” 

The last time Cleveland hosted an RNC convention was 1936, which wasn’t exactly a banner year for Republicans — but that wasn’t the fault of Cleveland, either. Whether or not this choice makes it easier for Republicans to win a purple state will be debated endlessly between now and the convention, or even to the election itself. The GOP held their 2008 convention in the Twin Cities but still got blown out two months later in the election. The 2012 convention was held in Tampa, but Barack Obama still won Florida, albeit in a very close call.

The candidates make more of a difference than the venue, and ground organization in the election more than in the convention. Still, this looks like a better choice in terms of what it says about assertiveness. Dallas would have been an easy choice, in deep-red Texas, perhaps giving an impression of either insularity or complacency. Choosing Cleveland shows that Republicans are serious about the Rust Belt and want to highlight that effort.

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Bmore on July 8, 2014 at 1:56 PM


Bmore on July 8, 2014 at 1:56 PM

If they pick Romney, good night.

Schadenfreude on July 8, 2014 at 1:57 PM

I’m in trouble because I really am a bitter clinger.

Bitter Clinger on July 8, 2014 at 1:53 PM

You can really do a lot worse in these decadent days than cling to your firearms and Bible.

Especially if you own a handgun designed by the GENIUS that was John Moses Browning (the M1911 Colt) or one of his shotguns (the ideal close defense weapon) or the greatest battle implement ever devised, by a CANADIAN of all people (John C Garand).

I can’t conceive of a better set of weapons for a citizen to own than a M1911, A 12 gauge shotgun, and a M1 Garand in .30-06. Sure, she’s heavier than an AR-15, but fires a REAL round, a round that will not only take out the target, will TAKE IT DOWN.

ConstantineXI on July 8, 2014 at 1:58 PM

Schadenfreude on July 8, 2014 at 1:57 PM

I’ll be sure to turn off the lights.

Bmore on July 8, 2014 at 1:59 PM

On the upside: Great Lakes Brewing, downtown. And the Harbor Inn.

M240H on July 8, 2014 at 1:59 PM

On the upside: Great Lakes Brewing, downtown. And the Harbor Inn.

M240H on July 8, 2014 at 1:59 PM

You can get Great Lakes specialty beers in the good beer stores around here. I recommend the Elliot Ness.

ConstantineXI on July 8, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Cleveland, the poorest big city in the country?

Where the Democrats run everything and the unions run the Democrats?

formwiz on July 8, 2014 at 2:01 PM


22044 on July 8, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Holy F, what are they thinking?

This is so illlogical, it’s astounding.

But yet, every GOP prez nominee goes to Cleveland, unannounced, during the campaign. I don’t know who the heavy hitters are outside of a few, but man, somebody’s got clout.

budfox on July 8, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Seems like a pretty ginormous mistake.

Why not Dallas or Miami or Kansas City or NOLA?

Sacramento on July 8, 2014 at 2:10 PM

I don’t know who the heavy hitters are outside of a few, but man, somebody’s got clout.

budfox on July 8, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Boehner is in Ohio. Maybe some of his big donors are there.

crankyoldlady on July 8, 2014 at 2:12 PM

Cons, Boehner, Portman, Kasich

Pros, get to go for a boat ride, water views, not as hot as Dallas maybe, and the Cleveland Botanical Garden is not to miss.

I was rough on Ohio here, in previous posts…ummm..sorry? It might be an ok place to visit, and hopefully an affordable choice for delegates. Easy to get to for Mid westerners.

Fleuries on July 8, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Wow, the Mistake on the Lake gets a break.
But I’m all for it.
My looryah brudder lives up that way and the area could use the financial lift.
As they say, Cleveland Rocks.

BTW, has King Putt learned how to spell O H I O yet?

Missilengr on July 8, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Slightly OT, but I am truly dismayed…Earlier I posted that I was finished voting for the “R”s…What follows is just another good reason why.

A couple weeks ago, I contacted my Congressman, Randy Neugebauer regarding the imprisoned Marine Sgt. Tahmooresi. Just now, I received this e-mail from Randy:

Dear Mrs. XXXXX:

Thank you for contacting me regarding the imprisonment of former Marine Corporal Jon Hammar in Mexico.

As you may know, Jon Hammar was arrested by Mexican authorities on August 15, 2012 in Matamoros, Mexico for attempting to transport an antique shotgun into Mexico without a proper permit. There are reports that he was told incorrectly by U.S. Border Agents that he could proceed into Mexico with the firearm and apply for a permit upon his arrival.

Following his arrest, Corporal Hammar was incarcerated in Matamoros, Mexico where his living conditions were reportedly unacceptable: he received threats from other inmates and was even confined to his bed by restraints.

I am happy to report that, thanks to Congressional pressure, Corporal Hammar was released from prison on December 22, 2012 and is back with his family.

In today’s world, it is critical that citizens in the 19th District of Texas know what is going on in their federal government. I know you would be interested in my weekly e-newsletter, “Randy’s Roundup,” which will keep you up to date on the important issues facing our country, and in particular, West Texas. Please join the Roundup by visiting http://www.randy.house.gov.

Again, thank you for contacting me. Please do not hesitate to let me know if I can be of service to you in the future.


Randy Neugebauer
Member of Congress

I used to think that Randy was in touch and aware. I guess I thought wrong. BTW, I am a ‘Mr.’, not a ‘Mrs.’… Most folks named ‘Joseph’ are. **Sigh**

bimmcorp on July 8, 2014 at 2:37 PM

I think they’d rather have Lebron

jp on July 8, 2014 at 2:42 PM

BTW, has King Putt learned how to spell O H I O yet?

Missilengr on July 8, 2014 at 2:30 PM

No, but he can sure pronounce the heck out of Pock-HE-Ston better than anyone this side of islama-BAD.

ConstantineXI on July 8, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Why not Dallas or Miami or Kansas City or NOLA?

Sacramento on July 8, 2014 at 2:10 PM

Holy Toledo! Why not Columbus or even Cinncinati? There are more winnable voters either place.

KW64 on July 8, 2014 at 3:39 PM


22044 on July 8, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Crap, I was hoping this would be what you linked to.

TMOverbeck on July 8, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Why would the RNC suck up to Hugh Hewitt?

applebutter on July 8, 2014 at 5:21 PM

Cleveland? Hope they don’t spend too much money since it’s not likely they win Ohio, let alone Cleveland.
Now the DNC should select Dallas just to screw with them.

lonestar1 on July 8, 2014 at 7:04 PM

A little blast from the past…

Cleveland PSA #1

Cleveland PSA #2

JetBoy on July 8, 2014 at 7:57 PM

Fantastic pick. Great opportunity. I think Ohio is the most important swing state. Cleveland gets a bad wrap sometimes which we can use to our advantage while having a great convention. This could really help build excitement, energy and synergy.

MrBobSugar on July 8, 2014 at 10:02 PM

JetBoy on July 8, 2014 at 7:57 PM

Well. At least they’re not Detroit :)

BillH on July 8, 2014 at 10:03 PM

As a Dallasite I’m disappointed, however I do hope it helps us carry Ohio.

Tater Salad on July 8, 2014 at 10:10 PM

They did this to avoid media focus on some of the rather absurd positions taken in the Texas GOP’s platform.

AngusMc on July 9, 2014 at 12:02 AM

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