Rnc To Debate Location Of 2012 Gop Convention

05.12.10 | FL News Team

The Republican National Committee will meet in the nation's capital today to discuss bids on where the GOP will hold its 2012 Republican National Convention. Cities vying to host the convention are Tampa, Florida, Phoenix, Arizona and Salt Lake City, Utah. Hosting the convention brings millions of dollars in economic impact to the host city and worldwide media exposure. Tampa could have the inside track, since Florida is considered a battleground state in the next presidential election. Arizona and Salt Lake City are traditionally Republican strongholds. Boycotts and backlash over Arizona's controversial new anti-illegal immigration law is seen as a detriment to Phoenix and something that could derail the city from hosting the event.