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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and running mate Paul Ryan wave following Romney Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and running mate Paul Ryan wave following Romney's address at the Republican National Convention (RNC) at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Florida, on Aug. 30, 2012. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/GettyImages)   

Cities use booze and hot sauce to make case for hosting 2016 GOP convention

WASHINGTON — Some are using booze. Others are using hot sauce.

Representatives from cities across the country are in Washington this week to make the case behind the scenes that they should host the next Republican National Convention in 2016.

While more than 20 cities have expressed interest in hosting the convention, several are in D.C. at the RNC Winter Meeting this week to woo committee members. Cities making strong pushes include Las Vegas, Denver, Phoenix, Columbus, Kansas City and New Orleans.

Several — including Kansas City and Phoenix — are holding parties for Republicans in town for this week’s meeting. Others have set up booths, giving out hot sauce (Phoenix) and home-brewed beer (Denver).

This week, RNC chairman Reince Priebus named national committeewoman Enid Mickelsen the chairman of the 2016 site selection committee. On Friday, a site selection committee will be elected.

Under RNC rules, members from each of the four regions of the country will elect two members and an alternate to serve on the committee.

The site selection committee will narrow the potential sites down, and make a recommendation to the committee as a whole.

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