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    OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Republicans chose Tampa as the site of their 2012 presidential convention Wednesday, hoping the swing state of Florida will help them defeat President Barack Obama.

    A Republican National Committee panel recommended the Gulf Coast city during a closed-door meeting, rejecting GOP strongholds of Salt Lake City and Phoenix. The decision came amid calls from Hispanic groups and others to boycott Arizona after it adopted a law to crack down on illegal immigrants, although party members insisted their decision against Phoenix was not linked to the legislation.

    “We got it!” RNC Secretary Sharon Day, a Floridian, shouted into a hotel hallway as she danced out of the closed-door meeting.

    “I think that we are one of the bellwether states. … We’ll be stronger for 2012. It will give us an opportunity to strengthen our volunteer base,” she said.

    Florida, with its hefty 27 electoral votes, decided the 2000 election for George W. Bush. Obama won the state in 2008.

    “This is a very important state politically,” Al Austin, chairman of the host committee, said in Tampa. “There are also a lot of people who can step up and make the kind of contributions we need.”

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    Not sure why they are already planning the 2012 convention, but you Floridians are getting it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by malloc View Post
    OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Republicans chose Tampa as the site of their 2012 presidential convention Wednesday, hoping the swing state of Florida will help them defeat President Barack Obama.

    A Republican National Committee panel recommended the Gulf Coast city during a closed-door meeting, rejecting GOP strongholds of Salt Lake City and Phoenix. The decision came amid calls from Hispanic groups and others to boycott Arizona after it adopted a law to crack down on illegal immigrants, although party members insisted their decision against Phoenix was not linked to the legislation.

    “We got it!” RNC Secretary Sharon Day, a Floridian, shouted into a hotel hallway as she danced out of the closed-door meeting.

    “I think that we are one of the bellwether states. … We’ll be stronger for 2012. It will give us an opportunity to strengthen our volunteer base,” she said.

    Florida, with its hefty 27 electoral votes, decided the 2000 election for George W. Bush. Obama won the state in 2008.

    “This is a very important state politically,” Al Austin, chairman of the host committee, said in Tampa. “There are also a lot of people who can step up and make the kind of contributions we need.”

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    Not sure why they are already planning the 2012 convention, but you Floridians are getting it.
    It's a big affair. Kinda why they pick the site of the Olympics so far in advance. Takes a lot of preparing.
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    Florida is a good choice. If Palin gets the nomination, I might go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by malloc View Post

    Not sure why they are already planning the 2012 convention, but you Floridians are getting it.
    um . . . because it's only 2 years away and it takes time to arrange an event that big maybe? :p
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    Quote Originally Posted by PoliCon View Post
    um . . . because it's only 2 years away and it takes time to arrange an event that big maybe? :p
    Yep. It's always announced far in advance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PoliCon View Post
    um . . . because it's only 2 years away and it takes time to arrange an event that big maybe? :p
    Bah, look at it from a vet's prospective. It took us less than 6 months to organize the invasion of an entire country! :D

    I also think that announcing it very early is the equivalent of calling 'dibs' maybe. Like now the DNC can't have their convention there in the hopes of sealing up Florida or something.
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    Quote Originally Posted by malloc View Post
    Bah, look at it from a vet's prospective. It took us less than 6 months to organize the invasion of an entire country! :D

    I also think that announcing it very early is the equivalent of calling 'dibs' maybe. Like now the DNC can't have their convention there in the hopes of sealing up Florida or something.
    meh - big difference between a military action and a political action.
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    Quote Originally Posted by malloc View Post
    Bah, look at it from a vet's prospective. It took us less than 6 months to organize the invasion of an entire country! :D

    I also think that announcing it very early is the equivalent of calling 'dibs' maybe. Like now the DNC can't have their convention there in the hopes of sealing up Florida or something.
    Obummer got laughed at by Europeans with his Olympics bid. So, the Windy City will probably get the nod. The thugs are in charge.
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