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Republicans finish their Cleveland site visit
Selection committee will cut field of six cities down next month is race to host the 2016 Republican presidential convention

Kevin Niedermier
RNC Site Selection Committee Chairman Enid Mickelsen discussed her Cleveland visit. Mayor Frank Jackson spent much of the day with Mickelsen.
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The Republican National Committee finished its technical visit to Cleveland today to see if the city has the infrastructure to host the party’s 2016 presidential convention. Cleveland was the last of six cities the committee visited before making the next round of cuts in May.
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The chairman of the RNC Site Selection Committee, Enid Mickelsen, and her team spent the day looking at Quicken Loans Arena, the Convention Center and the city’s transportation system among other places.

Afterwards, she called the visit favorable and praised Cleveland's preservation of historical sites. But she but stopped short of making any other comments to avoid causing a stir in Las Vegas, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City and Columbus -- the other cities in the running.

“We look at everything from how many gigs of electricity you can get into a workspace to how far out the hotels are to what kind of transportation system you can provide based on the structure of your streets. How can we come in and do a convention without disrupting the life of your city? Those are the kinds of things we look at. The more subjective aspect of it comes later in the process.”

After the RNC cuts the field next month, Mickelsen and the full committee will visit the remaining cities to gauge the experience the 50,000 conventioneers might have if selected. After the second round of cuts, a final decision will come late this summer or early fall.                                

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