If the political winds shift and candy-apple-red Tennessee has enough appeal to Democrats or Republicans in 2016 or beyond, Nashville will be ready and able to host a presidential nominating convention, city officials say.
But is the city willing to deal with the costs and headaches of bringing in tens of thousands of visitors and the international spotlight?
As Tampa, Fla., and Charlotte, N.C., prepare to host the Republican and Democratic national conventions, respectively, in the next three weeks, Nashville is considering making a pitch for a future convention.
“We’re clearly at a position as a city that we could do it,” Mayor Karl Dean said. “With the new convention center, the new hotels coming online, we have the infrastructure to do it, and I think Nashville would have a great appeal.