By Paul Kurtz
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Proposals had to be submitted by Saturday for those cities in the United States who wanted to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Philadelphia’s plan is one of those in the running.
The DNC will be looking at the proposals and how a potential host city will partner with the DNC to stage the massive and costly event. 15 cities are in the running.
“”The competition is tough,” says Josh Shapiro, Democratic chair of the Montgomery County commissioners.
“There are some great cities across the wonderful United States of America. We think the Philadelphia region is uniquely situated to host it. We think being a big city puts us in a unique position, particularly compared to some of the competition, we’re going to be working as hard as we can to convince the DNC that Philadelphia is the right place.”
Congressman Bob Brady, one of the movers and shakers on Philadelphia’s team, says the hospitality industry and labor unions are also pushing for the event. He says with more than 200 members of Congress attending the event, the cost of security will be less than in years past.
“We’ve done it in 2000, we did the Republican convention,” Brady says, “and this one will be a little cheaper, because now since 9-11, since Congress are special members of the DNC and they have security following them around, so the security will be cut in 2-thirds. ”
The DNC will be reviewing all the proposals, and is not expected to make a decision until later this year or early 2015.