When a delegation from the Democratic National Committee arrives in Columbus, Ohio, Wednesday, former Gov.
About a month after Cleveland was selected as the site of the Republican National Committee's 2016 convention, Strickland, a Democrat, is ready to sell Columbus as the best fit to host the 2016
"We have the perfect stage, right here in Ohio, to show the nation's voters we're the party most fit to lead the country," Strickland said in a brief interview Tuesday.
The former governor, Mayor Michael B. Coleman, Rep.
If the party chooses Columbus, it will be the first time since 1972 that a single state held both the Democratic and Republican national conventions. That year, both were held in
"We are the swingiest of swing states in the country," said Bill DeMora, a consultant to the Ohio Democratic Party who is working on Columbus' bid. "And, by us holding the convention, we can blunt some of the media attention Republicans will receive in Cleveland."
In 2012, President Obama and Republican
As part of its pitch to the
A DNC spokeswoman said a decision on a host city will be made this year or in early 2015.
Strickland said Tuesday that he's not too concerned about the other cities trying to host the convention.
"It's early in the process, but I think we'll be fine," he said.