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RNC chairman discusses 2016 convention requirements

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Monday five of the eight candidate cities running to host the Republican National Convention in 2016 presented bids to the Site Selection Committee in Washington, DC.

All eight cities were supposed to present, but bad weather on the East Coast postponed Las Vegas, Dallas, and Cincinnati's presentations until March 21.

The cities left in the running to host the convention are Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, Las Vegas, and Phoenix.

During a media conference Monday, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said choosing the right host city is a business decision which is more about logistics than the city's political affiliation.

"The groups are coming in enthusiastic, fired up, want to convince the committee to pick their city," Priebus said.

Priebus said the national party aims to hold the 2016 convention in mid-June or July, instead of August. He has to make sure the host city can accommodate the convention a month earlier than usual.

Money is the first priority, Priebus said. The host city needs to raise about $50 to $60 million to hold the event and raise even more money during the convention.

Transportation is the second priority, Priebus said.

"An issue for us, especially with security and secret service ... is transportation, hotel space, how long it takes to get to and from a particular location," Priebus said.

The Nevada Host Committee seems to think Las Vegas has that covered, boasting 150,000 hotel rooms, ample transportation, and proximity to the airport.

The Republican delegate's experience in the host city will also be factored in.

The Site Selection Committee will visit some of the finalist cities in late spring. In late summer or early fall they will vote on a final choice.

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