Detroit Seeks GOP Convention

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Detroit, which hosted the Republican National Convention in 1980, is among more than two dozen cities asked to submit bids to be considered for the 2008 convention.

The 31 cities were released Wednesday by the Republican National Committee. The host city will need to provide security, a convention facility with seating of at least 20,500, and make available 20,000 hotel rooms and 2,000 one- and two-bedroom suites.

Rene Monforton, a spokeswoman for the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau, said the bureau had not had any discussions as to whether the city will seek the convention.

Sarah Anderson, a state GOP spokeswoman, said she was hopeful the city would put together a proposal. The selection is expected to be made by Feb. 1, 2007.

Detroit's Joe Louis Arena was the site of the 1980 convention, at which Ronald Reagan was nominated for president.