Republicans settle on Tampa for 2012 convention

The Associated Press has moved a bulletin announcing that the Republican National Committee has settled on Tampa, Fla., for the party’s 2012 convention.

Obviously it offers opportunities for a U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio with White House fever. Here’s a first draft from the RNC meeting in Maryland:

Republicans choose Tampa as the site of their 2012 presidential convention, hoping the swing state of Florida will help them defeat President Barack Obama.

A Republican National Committee panel recommended the Gulf Coast city during a closed-door meeting, rejecting Salt Lake City and Phoenix. The decision came amid calls from Hispanic groups and others to boycott Arizona after it adopted a law to crack down on illegal immigrants.

Florida, with its hefty 27 electoral votes, decided the 2000 election for George W. Bush. Obama won the state in 2008.

“The host committee’s hard work and dedication resulted in a tremendous bid that we are confident will produce a successful event,” said RNC Chairman Michael Steele.

Presidential hopefuls typically decamp in Florida during the final weeks of a campaign, and nominating conventions dominate local news coverage and help drive the parties’ message to voters who might otherwise ignore the formalities.

Republicans met in Minneapolis-St. Paul in 2008, hoping to swing Minnesota to the GOP although it went for Obama. Democrats similarly met in Denver in the hopes of making the Mountain West friendly territory. The president won Colorado.

It is a GOP strategy, though, that has worked infrequently. The last time Republicans held a convention in a swing state and won, Ronald Reagan won Michigan in 1980 over Jimmy Carter.

The selection committee’s recommendation would still need formal approval when the Republican National Committee meets in August in Kansas City, Mo., but that is considered a given.

The last Republican convention in Florida was in Miami in 1972 when the party nominated President Richard M. Nixon and Vice President Spiro Agnew.

Atlanta, by the way, did not submit a bid.

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13 comments Add your comment

The Snark

May 12th, 2010
4:13 pm

Perhaps the delegates could work in a little visit to the Salvador Dali Museum while they’re down there. After all, the politics of the GOP is getting downright surreal these days.


May 12th, 2010
4:19 pm

The RNC makes it too easy…

Tampa has the highest number of strip clubs per capita in the country.

I’m guessing there will be some unauthorized charges made to RNC credit cards that week. Get your donations in now!

Not on my watch

May 12th, 2010
5:21 pm

I’m glad I don’t live there anymore…..


May 12th, 2010
5:21 pm

Mounds Of Venus, here we come..


May 12th, 2010
5:27 pm

Politico reports that Phoenix, AZ was one of the finalists. Alas…

“the Grand Canyon State is facing boycotts because of its new immigration law, which would not present an inviting face for the party.”

Way to go GOP, fearing a backlash already?


May 12th, 2010
5:53 pm

First it’s Down with Dems in 2K10, then we will worked towards unseating the Bail-Out King…. President Obama.


May 12th, 2010
6:18 pm

The bailouts were under Bush not Obama genius.

The General

May 12th, 2010
8:12 pm

@ The Snark

Speaking as a Republican–touche.


May 12th, 2010
10:54 pm

I would think that the republicans would be thrilled at the prospect of a convention in Arizona. John McCain is showing his true colors during his primary race against J.D. Hayworth. You would think that the republicans would want to show their support for what they created. I guess Tampa does have better strip clubs after all.

Alabama Communist

May 13th, 2010
12:20 am

Meanwhile the Mayor of South Fork Arizona said the Republicans voted against his city hosting 2012 Republican convention because they fiqure by that time Arizona would have left the Union and became the Nation of the Arizona White Republic………

You Asked

May 13th, 2010
9:08 am

Gee, why aren’t the Dems or GOP considering Detriot or Gary, Indiana for their next convention?

Aaron Burr V Mexico

May 13th, 2010
10:14 am

Awesome name Alabama Communist….I’ve started calling myself a Socialist to piss of the monsters but calling myself a Communist will probably do it more.


May 13th, 2010
11:39 am

Hmmm…there MIGHT be a Senator Rubio, but lets see how Crist does in the general first. Meek isn’t going to draw all of the Democratic votes, unless a miracle happens for him. There are too many conservative Democrats in the state that quite like Gov. Crist and would be happy to see him in the US Senate. Those “Reagan Democrats” and most of the independents, plus the non-Tea Party Republicans should give Crist a victory.