Kansas City Gets Big Names Behind Bid For GOP Convention

Mike Duncan speaks at the 2008 Republican National Convention. | Photo courtesy of Creative Commons
Mike Duncan speaks at the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn. Kansas City is vying for the event in 2016. | Photo courtesy of Creative Commons

A bid task force says Kansas City has less than three months to submit its application to host the 2016 Republican National Convention, and has lined up some political heavy hitters to serve as honorary co-chairs. They include U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt and former U.S. senators Bob Dole and Kit Bond, along with Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback.

The interim president of the Kansas City Convention & Visitors Association declined to comment on the specific benchmarks for lodging, transportation and fundraising contained in the request. He did say the group is as “confident as ever” that Kansas City will meet or exceed all of the necessary requirements. Previous convention hosts have said the group will need to raise $50 million to $60 million in order to land the convention. Kansas City is competing with Las Vegas and other cities for the convention.

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