Republican National Committee has asked if Cleveland would like a copy of its request for proposals extended to cities interested in bidding to host the 2016 Republican Convention

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CLEVELAND -- Cleveland is a Democratic stronghold and last fall the city and Cuyahoga County provided strong support that helped President Obama carry Ohio in his bid for reelection.

But politics notwithstanding, its revived downtown with a new convention center in place and multiple new hotels in the works, is attracting interest from the Republican Party.

The Republican National Committee has asked if Cleveland would like a copy of its request for proposals extended to cities interesting in bidding to host the 2016 Republican Convention.

Mayor Frank Jackson's spokesperson Maureen Harper told Channel 3 News the city said yes.

Political, business and civic leaders are already discussing the possibility of bidding for political conventions.

Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald has been publicly promoting the idea. He recently said there would be an announcement about the bidding process coming soon.

But the actual decision to seek a convention and announcement would ultimately be made by Mayor Frank Jackson.

It's believed planners are discussing the best strategy for the city to make a pitch and are identifying business and civic donors to kick in the millions of dollars in costs for a host city.

The city's new convention center and additional hotel rooms would allow Cleveland to make a stronger bid than in past unsuccessful also-ran efforts.

Denver, Kansas City and Charlotte are among cities that are going after the Republican Convention in 2016.

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