The city of Philadelphia is making a bid for the Democratic National Convention in 2016 with many area leaders optimistic that the city will come to town.
Philadelphia joins several other major cities hoping to attract the major political event.
Mayor Michael Nutter said Friday the city has an advantage over other suitors.
“The first real convention that took place in the United States of America took place a few blocks down the street at Independence Hall,” the mayor said during a City Hall new conference. “That’s where the folks worked on the Declaration of Independence, and we’ve been holding great conventions ever since.”
Philadelphia will put on a big push, including hosting representatives of the Democratic National Committee when they visit Philadelphia and check out all the city has to offer.
“Each city will have its advantages and things that it can talk about, but there’s only one place where the Constitution was signed, there’s only one place where you can see the Liberty Bell,” he said.
U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, who has pushed for the city to pursue the convention, said he feels confident the city will win the bidding war.
The city hosted the Republican National Convention in 2000.