Democratic Leaders Weigh In On DNC Potentially Coming To Alabama
The Democratic National Convention is looking at one Alabama city to potentially host the event in 2016, and that has some political leaders looking forward to the future.
Birmingham is one of five cities in the entire nation being considered to hold the Democratic National Convention.
This past week, a team from the Democratic Party visited Birmingham to consider the city as a potential DNC site. Reverend Jesse Jackson says holding the event in Alabama would be symbolic of the history of the civil rights movement in the state, "Well, it's exciting and it's quite possible. All the conventions that have come South have been made possible by the Civil Rights Movement. The big athletic events made possible by the Civil Rights Movement. The new investment made in the South."
Alabama's Republican Party Chairman, Bill Armistead released a statement to the election committee saying, "I can think of no better way for the citizens of our state to see the vast differences between the parties than to have the Democrats bring their radical leftist show here. It will be interesting to see if they try once again to remove God from their platform, right here in the heart of the Bible Belt."
Some community members say they have not given the convention much thought, while others, like John Hamilton, would like to see Alabama selected and hope it brings an economic boom to the state, "I'd be glad, I think I'd go up and watch and go up there and try to be part of it. You know, it's part of our national program. So I'd enjoy being part of it even if I am Republican (laughs)."
The selection committee visited Birmingham for two days, and will make a decision on the next host city early next year.
Columbus, Ohio, New York, Philadelphia, and Phoenix, Arizona are the other cities up for consideration for the convention.