Salt Lake not bidding for 2016 GOP Convention

Published: Sunday, Dec. 22 2013 7:30 p.m. MST

Beck said Salt Lake City could put on a strong bid.

"When you have events like this, there is the physical product, but there is also the community support. On both of those, our bid last time was very, very competitive," Beck said.

That's largely because of the city's successful hosting of the 2002 Winter Games, still viewed by many as one of the best Olympics ever. "We know how to do these kinds of events," he said.

And a political convention could attract even more attention.

"A lot more people would recognize a national political convention than would an outdoor retailer convention or even the Olympics," he said, because of the intense media focus on the presidential campaign.

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