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St. Louis, local congressmen work to lure Democratic National Convention

St. Louis is one of four cities fighting to win the bid to host the 2012 Democratic National Convention.  Tonight, the city makes its hard sell.  The national scout team is on its way St. Louis to see what we have to offer.

The host committee says holding a convention of this magnitude isn't a blue issue or a red issue; it's a green one.  2008's DNC in Denver raked in $260 Million for the city and its surrounding areas, and now politicians from the bi-state want a piece of it too.

Members of the Democratic National Convention Host Committee have been tied up in meetings around town, coordinating a site visit to wow the national scouts.

"We've got the venue, we've got the hotels, and we've got a great city that supports them completely," Kitty Ratcliffe, president of the Visitors & Convention Commission, says.

The September, 2012 Democratic National Convention is expected to draw about 50,000 people.

"There's a lot on the table here for St. Louis, and you don't have to be partisan to recognize that," Mack Bradley, a member of the host committee, says.

That's where our congressmen -- in both Missouri and Illinois -- come in.

"No matter what party is holding a convention in St. Louis, it would be great for our region," Congressman Russ Carnahan, (D) District 3, says.  "Because this obviously will impact both of our states -- not only our image but also for the economy and job creation."

Just today congressmen from the bi-state put together a video for the scout team.

"Our community is full of down to earth people, and they are excited to host a world-class convention," Congressmen Jerry Costello, (D) District 12 in Illinois, says.

Plus, the president has been here before -- in front of a crowd of nearly 100,000 people supporting his run for the presidency in 2008.

"What a sight that was, and just imagine the powerful images and tremendous winning energy we could project," Congressman Lacy Clay, (D) District 3, says.

Minneapolis, Charlotte, and Cleveland are also in the running to host the convention.  While the host committee is staying tight-lipped on exactly when the scouting team arrives, News-4 has learned that democratic convention scouts spent yesterday in Charlotte, North Carolina checking out that city.
 

Maggie Crane is a reporter at KMOV.  To contact her, email mcrane@kmov.com.

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