DNC group coming to kick Philly’s tires this week

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 Mayor Michael Nutter hopes to persuade Democrats to hold their 2016 convention in Philadelphia. (NewsWorks file photo)

Mayor Michael Nutter hopes to persuade Democrats to hold their 2016 convention in Philadelphia. (NewsWorks file photo)

The group that will influence the decision on where to hold the 2016 Democratic National Convention is coming to Philadelphia Wednesday and Thursday.

The city is rolling out the red carpet.

Mayor Michael Nutter says the city will take the DNC visitors to the standard places necessary for the convention and throw in a little of the city’s culture during the visit.

“Old City, Center City, we’re trying to get them beyond Center City to experience much of the neighborhood flavor and culture of Philadelphia They are litterally here two days and they have to have a lot of meetings to go with it,” he said

Nutter says he’s hopeful the city will receive the final nod to put on the big political show.

“We’ve not hosted a Democratic National Convention since 1948 and so we think we are due,” he quipped.

Philadelphia is up against Brooklyn, New York, Brimingham, Alabama, Columbus, Ohio and Phoenix, Arizona in vying to lure the Democrats.

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