Why Orlando is the best choice to host the 2016 DNC

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This morning, it was reported that Orlando is one of 15 cities asked to submit a bid to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

The economic benefits to the region alone should be enough to get every lawmaker — regardless of what side of the aisle they fall on — to pick-up the phone and try to make this happen.

Other cities under consideration include Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus (Ohio), Detroit, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Miami, Nashville, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh and Salt Lake City.

Those are all nice cities, but Orlando is the best place to host this convention. Here’s why:

A long-serving Democratic leader and ambassador for the city: Mayor Buddy Dyer doesn’t sleep when his city is in the national spotlight. He also has a great relationship with President Barack Obama.

The finest venues in the country: Orlando has the best convention center in the country, surrounded by the most visited region in the history of human civilization. It has a state-of-the-art Amway Center, which has already hosted national events. There is also a new MLS Soccer Stadium and a renovated Citrus Bowl.

The I4 Corridor: Is still one of the most important political regions of the world. Orlando is in Orange County and flanked by Osceola County (both blue), which provide a friendly pocket of support in a state that is very much in play for 2016. It’s also home to a big donor who has hosted the President a few times in the past. Here’s looking at you, John Morgan.

The Other cities aren’t as desirable of a destination: “Welcome to Cleveland!” … yeah okay. New York and Pennsylvania will always be blue.

Las Vegas? Not unless what you want to happen there to stay there. Phoenix and Salt Lake? Are you kidding? The home states of the two previous GOP nominees. Nashville? How many country musicians vote Democrat? And our friends in Miami? *Whispers* That’s where Marco Rubio is from. You don’t want to have it there. Do you?

It only took me 10 minutes to write this and it’s a pretty good case.

Orlando should host the DNC. It should host the RNC when we’re eligible again in a few years. It should host everything.


Because it hosts everyone. Citizens from all over the planet come to Orlando and they have a wonderful time. It’s what Orlando does.

Frank Torres is the Orlando-area writer for Florida Politics. He is a U.S. Army veteran who grew up in Central Florida and has covered politics in the region since 2009. Torres serves as a regular contributor to several news and radio organizations in the area and features original photography from many of the events he covers. He can be reached at torres.fjr@gmail.com.