Utah GOP Chairman James Evans is pushing hard for Salt Lake City to try again to host the Republican National Convention, this time in 2016, despite concerns raised by another party official about the $40 million price tag.
"It's an excellent opportunity to export to the rest of the country just the enormous benefits of a conservative political philosophy," Evans said Tuesday. "I think Utah is the prime example of how great the rest of the country can have it."
Three years ago, Salt Lake City was named one of three finalist cities to host the 2012 Republican National Convention, which the Republican National Committee ultimately awarded to Tampa, Fla.
Phoenix, the other runner-up, may also bid for 2016, Evans said, and officials in both Las Vegas and Kansas City, Mo., have expressed interest in pursuing the next GOP convention.
Evans said work needs to get underway on a new Salt Lake City bid, since the national party is expected to make a decision on the convention site in April or May 2014.
Is Utah a swing state? No, and that will work against a Salt Lake bid. But then again, neither is Missouri (anymore) and Arizona (talk to us in 2024).