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14 December 2005

Atlanta 2008: The Democratic National Convention

I've blogged previously about Atlanta hosting the 2008 Democratic National Convention & I'm seriously thinking about actively pursuing the task of encouraging our state and local leaders to go after the Democratic National Convention.

But for now, I'm just studying the issue and developing arguments to support my idea of Atlanta hosting the '08 Democratic Convention.

From my research, I've gathered that in the nearly twenty years since Atlanta last hosted the Democratic Convention, Democrats have gathered in New York (1992), Chicago (1996), L.A. (2000), and Boston (2004) to nominate their candidates for President and Vice-President of the United States. And if you go back more than forty years, Democrats have only hosted their national convention in the South twice (Miami Beach in 1972 & Atlanta in 1988).

If we follow that pattern, then the South is way over-due to host the Democratic Convention again and Atlanta (other than Miami Beach and possibly New Orleans) is the only southern city with the facilities and infrastructure that is needed to host a presidential nominating convention.

We've got the hotels and we've got the arena space (either Philips Arena or the Georgia Dome), so what will it take for Atlanta to formally throw its hat in the ring for the 2008 Democratic National Convention?