Columbus makes pitch for Democratic convention

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., makes a surprise appearance at the Democratic National Convention with running mate Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., in Denver, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Organizers of Columbus’ bid to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention are making their case.

A delegation led by Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman was in the nation’s capital Monday for the bid presentation to the Democratic National Committee.

Columbus is one of six cities that submitted bids earlier this month to host the Democrats’ presidential nominating convention. Others include Cleveland, Birmingham, New York, Philadelphia and Phoenix.

In its application, Ohio’s capital touted its convenient transportation, walkable neighborhoods, restaurants and convention center. Such an event is big business for its host city, attracting 45,000 people and bringing in between $150 million and $200 million.

Cleveland is also a finalist to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.

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