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Dallas presents plans for 2016 Republican National Convention

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Representatives from Dallas were in Washington DC on Friday trying to convince the Republican National Committee to bring its 2016 convention to North Texas.

The city got a couple of extra weeks to prepare a presentation because of a snow storm in DC. But Friday afternoon Mayor Mike Rawlings had 30 minutes to convince committee members that the American Airlines Center is the perfect place for the party's next convention.

"We told them what our best package would be in the certain time frame," Rawlings said after the presentation. "We did put the option out there that we've got other venues like AT&T Stadium that are out there to be used as well."

Dallas is considered one of the frontrunners because of its location and available hotel space near the American Airlines Center. Organizers could also easily raise the $60 million needed to host the convention in Dallas.

But, the RNC just announced the host city must raise $18 million on top of that because Congress stripped public funding for national party conventions.

Another challenge would be the timing of the event. It would be held in late June or early July, which is too close to the NBA and NHL playoffs. Organizers wouldn't have much time to transform the AAC.

The Dallas Mavericks and Dallas Stars have said they won't move any of their games to accommodate the convention.

Seven other cities are hoping to host the convention including Las Vegas, Phoenix and Denver.

The selection committee plans to visit the cities before late spring and make a final decision by late summer or early fall.

The last time Dallas played host to the convention was in 1984 when Ronald Reagan was running for president.

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