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Dallas woos officials for 2016 GOP convention

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Dallas leaders rolled out the red carpet on Thursday in an effort to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.

The RNC’s site selection committee spent the day examining potential host site, American Airlines Center, and were shown around downtown Dallas by local officials to show what a convention could look like.

A red carpet was installed in Victory Plaza and was lined with cheerleaders as selection committee members made their way to the AAC

Committee members seemed quite enamored with the red, white and blue wrapped elephants waiting for them at the AAC entrance, a touch no other city provided.

RNC officials watched a video inside the AAC on the big screens that highlighted past conventions. There was also confetti, a balloon drop and live music

Dallas is competing against Cleveland, Denver and Kansas City to host the convention.

“This is a business decision,” said RNC Chairman Reince Priebus. ”As much as we love Dallas and love Texas and everything has been ‘Class A’ here, it really does come down to what is the best venue, what’s the best hotel situation, transportation situation.”

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said Dallas’ advantages are safety, financial resources, convenience with two airports and Dallas' high profile image.

The price tag to host the convention is $60 million, with bid organizers saying $45 million of it has already been committed. That's more than any of the three other competing cities.

A decision will be announced sometime in early August. The convention would be held in June or July 2016.

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