Republicans welcome in Kansas City: There is one big but...
The Kansas City Star
The Kansas City convention and visitors folks have to be excited about the possibility of having thousands of Republicans here for the 2016 GOP national convention.
The only problem is where to put them all. The town lacks sufficient hotel space downtown for everyone.
To accommodate the entire GOP crowd, the press and affiliated political folks, some convention-goers might have to commute in daily from as far away as Topeka and Columbia. But the prospect of the nationally televised gathering certainly sounds as exciting as Kansas City being host of the All-Star Game in 2012.
The Sprint Center and Bartle Hall would be natural sites for GOP convention meetings and speeches along with ballrooms at downtown hotels. Those are great venues, too.
The Republican National Convention was last in Kansas City in 1976 when President Gerald Ford emerged as the party’s nominee for president, besting Ronald Reagan. Jimmy Carter won the White House that year.
But Reagan roared back with a win in 1980 for the start of two iconic terms as president.
Who could ever forget?