Phoenix delegation fights to bring Republican National Convention to Arizona

PHOENIX - Phoenix city leaders are making a big presentation in Washington, D.C. on Monday in hopes of hosting the 2016 Republican National Convention.

Also in the running are three cities in Ohio including Cleveland, Cincinnati and Columbus. Denver, Dallas, Kansas City and Las Vegas have also submitted bids.

Bringing the convention to Phoenix would mean a major windfall for the city and Valley.

The host committee estimates it will draw 17,000 people who will eat, sleep and explore the area, generating hundreds of millions of dollars.

Some public relations experts have said Phoenix has little to no chance of winning the RNC bid after the controversy of Senate Bill 1062, the “Religious Freedom” bill, which was vetoed by Governor Jan Brewer.

But Steve Moore, President of Visit Phoenix and who is on the host committee, believes the veto sent a message that makes Phoenix more inviting to the RNC.

"A large percentage of people favored the veto, and the large number of people that came together that wants to go back to the business of economic development in our community, that's a very strong statement," Moore said.

The RNC site selection committee will visit the cities and announce its finalists in late spring and plan to vote by the fall.

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