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Old August 3rd, 2016, 03:28 AM   #1
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Birmingham aims for 2020 Democratic National Convention

The city was a finalist for this years convention, so why not try again...

http://www.al.com/business/index.ssf/2016/08/m.html
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Old August 11th, 2016, 11:31 PM   #2
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I don't think it would make much sense for the DNC to have their convention in Alabama. They usually aim for a city in a swing state, or at least a state that they have a hope of winning.
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I don't think it would make much sense for the DNC to have their convention in Alabama. They usually aim for a city in a swing state, or at least a state that they have a hope of winning.


I don't think that's the way they choose the host city. I mean, why have it in a state you're already assured of winning? It makes more sense to hold the convention in a state like Alabama to possibly gain some visibility, but I don't think the state is all that big a deal - the city is the main host. Past conventions have been held in Missouri, Colorado, Texas, Georgia, NC, Florida, and other states that are either red or were at the time. I think Birmingham has a great chance to host.
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I said a swing state or one that the Dems have a chance of winning. I didn't say a state that they are assured to win. Ohio, Pennsylvania, North Carolina are prime examples. Alabama is one of the reddest states in the country. No chance a Dem will carry this state again in our lifetimes.
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I said a swing state or one that the Dems have a chance of winning. I didn't say a state that they are assured to win. Ohio, Pennsylvania, North Carolina are prime examples. Alabama is one of the reddest states in the country. No chance a Dem will carry this state again in our lifetimes.
I agree; Alabama doesn't make sense.
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Old August 13th, 2016, 11:15 PM   #6
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I said a swing state or one that the Dems have a chance of winning. I didn't say a state that they are assured to win. Ohio, Pennsylvania, North Carolina are prime examples. Alabama is one of the reddest states in the country. No chance a Dem will carry this state again in our lifetimes.
Sorry but 1988 is a prime example...GA was not a swing state and they didn't have a chance to win it, but the DNC was held in Atlanta because the city was a good fit. AL and GA are not all that different outside of the largest cities - including the suburbs. I think it's unfair to write off Birmingham as a possible DNC host...it's a blue city in a red state, much like Atlanta is.

FYI, AL voted Republican 51% to 43% in 1996, so there is a pretty close race in recent history. People have very short memories sometimes when it comes to these things. The right candidate can change things drastically in a red state, i.e. Carter in '76 or Obama in the last two elections.
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Old August 18th, 2016, 02:21 AM   #7
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I agree; Alabama doesn't make sense.
Guys, the city was one of the four finalist for this year's convention, so quite obviously Alabama not being a swing state doesnt matter.
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I would think Atlanta or Phoenix would be targets for a future DNC.

Although I think 2020 will likely be a rustbelt state.
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