Exclusive | Mayor Jackson confirms city's convention bid

CLEVELAND --The city has been waging a low-key, behind-the-scenes campaign to land the 2016 Republican Convention and will go after the Democratic Convention if the GOP bid fails.

Mayor Jackson previously had declined to talk about the effort with the media.

On Wednesday, he confirmed and briefly discussed the city's efforts with WKYC's Tom Beres.

"We are intending to compete for both. Hopefully we'll get one," he said.

He discussed the city's low-publicity approach.

Of the other eight cities competing, many have staged elaborate events or parties for Republican convention planners.

Bids are due Feb. 26. Finalists should be visited in April.

The mayor said this is an all-out effort.

"I don't do anything half-stepping. We are going into this with the intent to win. As for our method, I believe ours will be more productive and will give us a better outcome than saying we are in and throwing a party, " he said.

He said committees are working on operations, lodging and financing.

The host city will be expected to contribute up to 20 to 25 million toward convention costs.


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