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The DNC sent out invitations to 35 cities to bid for the 2008 convention in late November '05. On Feb 17, the DNC confirmed that eleven cities accepted the invitation to bid for the convention:
Anaheim: Held an event at the 2004 convention to kick-off their 2008 bid. With California not being competitive, and with the Dems in LA in 2000, I doubt this will happen.
Dallas: The CEO of the Convention Bureau doesn't want to even bid for the convention. Not looking good.
Denver: First city to announce a Host Committee. Given the strategic Western location of Colorado, and the drumbeat of publicity, they must be considered a front-runner at this point.
Detroit: They'll be a contender if they make a bid, but the news from Detroit seems a bit wishy-washy.
Las Vegas: Harry Reid's home state, and the infrastructure is there. But I doubt this is the message the Dems will want to send.
Minneapolis: Purple state could be attractive.
New Orleans: Lots of talk for the obvious reasons. Is this a plus or a minus? The DNC is is having their spring '06 meeting here.
New York: After the '04 GOP convention, you would think new York would want a break. But the last 2 Democratic presidents, Carter and Clinton, both had their first convention in New York.
Orlando: Too hot, the arena doesn't have enough skyboxes, and it's hurricane season.
Phoenix: McCain's home turf, and it's too hot.
San Antonio: Alamodome or AT&T Center? One of 2 cities in Bush's back yard.