Leaders of the Republican National Committee said during their site visit that they’re impressed with Kansas City’s bid for the 2016 Republican National Convention, and they stressed that the RNC will base its decision on business, not politics.
“What you’re seeing differently now is certainly a greater emphasis on the guarantee of money — not just promises that ‘It’s all going to work out,'” RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said.
The co-chairman of the city’s bid task force said Kansas City has raised about $30 million through in-kind and cash donations. Before the convention is held, it is expected that the host city will raise $50 million to $60 million.
In an unexpected visit, former Vice President Dick Cheney spoke to members of the site selection committee Wednesday night. Kansas City is competing with Cleveland, Denver and Dallas to host the convention. Final selection of a host city is expected in late summer or fall.