Minneapolis a finalist for 2012 DNC

by Danielle Nordine

The Democratic National Committee has selected Minneapolis as one of four finalists for the 2012 Democratic National Convention alongside Charlotte, N.C., Cleveland, Ohio and St. Louis, M.O.

Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak said a site selection committee will visit Minneapolis from July 18-20, according to the Star Tribune. He said he plans to show them local attractions and benefits such as a Minnesota Twins game and the city’s public transit system. He’ll also promote the Metrodome as the main location for the convention.

"When there’s a big event in the United States, Minneapolis-St. Paul should always be a logical choice," he told the Star Tribune.

Despite some unpleasent memories from the 2008 Republican convention and local efforts to keep the 2012 convention out of Minneapolis, Rybak said St. Paul’s experience will give Minneapolis an edge when preparing for 2012.

The 2012 DNC is scheduled to begin Sept. 3, 2012, a week after the Republican convention in Tampa, Fla.

President Barack Obama will likely be nominated for a second term.