By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
Members of the Democratic National Convention site selection committee are in Birmingham this week to review a proposal by the City to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Birmingham is reportedly one of the finalists for the event which brings thousands of Democratic delegates and press members to the city where the convention is held.
Alabama Republican Party Chairman Bill Armistead said in a written statement that he welcomes the members visit to Birmingham on Monday.
Chairman Armistead said in his statement, “It is with great pleasure that we welcome the Democrat Party to Alabama to consider Birmingham as the location of their national convention. I can think of no better way for the citizens of our state to see the vast differences between the parties than to have the Democrats bring their radical leftist show here. It will be interesting to see if they try once again to remove God from their platform, right here in the heart of the Bible Belt.”
Chairman Armistead continued, “It will be good for Alabamians to get a closer look at a Democrat Party which not only staunchly supports homosexual rights and gay marriage, but promotes this lifestyle over that of traditional families. The Democrat Party is also rabidly pro-choice and believes that the life of an unborn child can be terminated at will. There would be no better way for us to contrast the differences between the Democrat Party and the Republican Party than for them to come here and confirm everything we know about them. I am sure their conventioneers will want to address Obama’s policies that have opened up our southern border for any and all to come into our country without documentation. The recent massive influx into the U.S. southern border states of thousands of children and youngsters, mostly from Central America, is a direct result of the complete disregard of enforcement of America’s immigration laws by the Obama Administration.”
Chairman Armistead concluded, “So, yes, I do hope the Democrats choose Birmingham for their National Convention and explain to Alabamians and Americans why the Democrat Party, under the leadership of Barack Obama, has felt it was necessary to radically transform America rather than restoring it to the greatness we once knew.”
Most political observers doubt that the convention will be awarded to Birmingham since Alabama is solidly red. No Democratic Presidential Candidate has carried the state since 1976. Another concern is that because Birmingham lacks the hotel space to accommodate a convention that size.
Birmingham is reportedly competing with Columbus, OH; New York, NY; Philadelphia, PA; and Phoenix, AZ. New York is a Democratic Party stronghold; while Pennsylvania, Arizona, and Ohio are seen as key swing states.
The Republican convention is going to Cleveland, Ohio.
Names mentioned as possible Democratic Presidential contenders include: former Senator Hillary Clinton, Vice President Joe Biden, and Senator Elizabeth Warren, none of which appear to be actively campaigning for the job yet.