Friday, September 05, 2008

Atlanta looking at 2012 GOP gathering

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Atlanta joins Dallas and Indianapolis in showing possible interest in hosting the 2012 Republican Convention:

Georgia Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine wants to explore the possibility of an Atlanta bid for the 2012 Republican National Convention.

Speaking to Georgia delegates to the current convention, Oxendine said between Phillips Arena, the Georgia Dome and the World Congress Center, Atlanta has more than enough facilities. The city has also the hotel capacity to avoid what delegates here face, which is a 30- to 45-minute bus ride to the convention in St. Paul.

“Let’s see if we can go ahead and put a bid together and let’s take a serious look and weigh the options,” Oxendine said. “We can do a better one in Atlanta. Why don’t we take a look at doing that?”

Atlanta last hosted a national party convention in 1988 when Democrats gathered in the city.
- Atlanta Journal-Constitution
(h/t Georgia Politics Unfiltered)