Utah GOP wants Salt Lake City to host 2016 Republican National Convention

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  • hnoel Layton, UT
    Aug. 21, 2013 5:30 p.m.

    It's obvious why WE would want the convention here, but we have to ask..."Why would the GOP want to hold its big show in Utah?" Maybe to win over the dozens of democrats who live here. Or maybe to secure our five electoral votes.

  • happy2bhere clearfield, UT
    Aug. 21, 2013 3:16 p.m.

    Only 40 million out of pocket expenses to host the convention? Mitt alone could cover that and think of the financial benefit to the whole area. And why all the negative comments by you guys? The Republicans have to hold the convention somewhere, why not Utah? Were you against the olympics here too?

  • Anti Bush-Obama Washington, DC
    Aug. 21, 2013 12:01 p.m.

    It will never happen.

  • ThornBirds St.George, Utah
    Aug. 21, 2013 10:57 a.m.

    The only thing stranger might be the Democratic Party holding their convention in Salt Lake City, Utah.

  • Filo Doughboy Bakersfield, CA
    Aug. 21, 2013 9:17 a.m.

    Yeah, "it's time to have a new approach". Stop spending all that money on your convention and start figuring out how to win elections. For starters.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    Aug. 21, 2013 8:55 a.m.

    lost in DC: the liquor laws HAVE been liberalized

    You must be referring to the "Zion Curtain" the latest liberation of libation.
    Too funny, Utah's liberal liquor laws is an oxymoron.

    We would have to bring in extra escorts though.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Aug. 21, 2013 7:35 a.m.

    the liquor laws HAVE been liberalized - LDS? lib, king's court, please join the current decade.

    LDS? lib, why do you need easier access to alcohol?

  • The Scientist Provo, UT
    Aug. 21, 2013 6:25 a.m.

    What better way to reinforce the idea that The GOP and the Mormon Church are in league?

    I say go for it!

  • Makid Kearns, UT
    Aug. 21, 2013 6:02 a.m.

    This won't happen until SLC has a convention hotel next to the Salt Palace. Security reasons alone will stop it from happening until then.

    If the $40 Million has to come from the state, it won't happen either. The State baulked at the thought of a $35 Million performance tax credit for a hotel once.

    Bringing the GOP Convention to SLC would be great for business but we would need approximately 2,000 more hotel rooms than we currently have to support everyone. Anyone who thinks we could do it now doesn't realize that people won't want to stay in Wendover just to attend.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Aug. 21, 2013 5:39 a.m.

    Oh please, oh please, oh please, oh please...

    It would be like the having the Olympics again,
    Conventions are fueled by alcohol,
    so once again...the Utah State legislature will HAVE to change their stupid liquor laws...again.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Aug. 20, 2013 11:36 p.m.

    As an Independent I am asking myself "You've got to be kidding, right?"

  • Kings Court Alpine, UT
    Aug. 20, 2013 11:31 p.m.

    "I think Utah is the prime example of how great the rest of the country can have it."

    Ha, ha. Despite local mythology, Republicans in the rest of the country like to drink and until Utah loosens its communist style liquor laws, there won't be any convention here.

  • Pragmatic Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 20, 2013 7:55 p.m.

    The Republican Party is in such a disarray they have no chance in 2016. Having the Republican Convention in SLC would only ensure that the Republican Party is out of touch.

  • KJB1 Eugene, OR
    Aug. 20, 2013 6:33 p.m.

    North Carolina and Florida are both swing states that were won only narrowly last year. Having the convention in Utah, on the other hand, would only be preaching to the converted and Republicans can't afford to do that if they have any hope of winning the Presidency again.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 20, 2013 5:17 p.m.

    They are usually in swing states but really Romney got nothing out of it in Florida, and Obama got nothing out of it in North Carolina.

    The hypothesis goes that hosting a convention boosts turnout in that state, I guess Nate Silver needs to look at this.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Aug. 20, 2013 5:16 p.m.

    Think of all the money this would BRING to the city hotels, restaurants and yes tax revenues. Anyone with a brain would know this would be huge business for SLC.

  • Noodlekaboodle Poplar Grove, UT
    Aug. 20, 2013 5:08 p.m.

    Question, if SLC did host the Republican Convention how much of the 40 million is out of city/state $$$, will they be paying SLC for extra police and traffic services? If the GOP pays for the whole thing by themselves it will only be somewhat irritating to deal with the security and traffic nightmare this would cause. If a single cent of my tax money goes to this i'll be pretty upset.