CLEVELAND -- Twelve members of Republican Convention Site Committee began arriving Monday for three days in Cleveland to see if we're a fit to host their 2016 presidential convention.
Upon arrival, a small army of police officers on motorcycles, limousines and handlers swarmed them. The overhead speakers in the airport welcomed them, as did bright red banners on every overpass between Hopkins and downtown Cleveland.
"I've never been here, but I am very excited," says committee member Jeanne Luckey. "I've looked at all the materials Cleveland submitted. Our team is really excited to be here."
Over three days the swarm of committee members and party leaders will kick the tires on Cleveland's infrastructure, asking questions about security, logistics, lodging and functionality.
They have an informal gathering Monday night, then begin formal inspections on Tuesday.
While Quicken Loans Arena will be home base for the convention, Republicans would likely use the Convention Center and Progressive Field in various capacities.
The Republicans will be here through Wednesday then move on to Kansas City, Denver and Dallas. Their decision on which city wins the bid will be announced in early fall.