Denver to Host 2008 Democratic National Convention

Jan 11, 2007, 00:00 ET from Democratic National Committee

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Citing the Denver host
 committee's strong bid and growing Democratic gains in the Rocky Mountain
 West, Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Howard Dean today
 announced that Denver will host the 2008 Democratic National Convention
 Monday, August 25 to Thursday, August 28.
     The DNC will hold a conference call at 3 p.m. to discuss the
 announcement. For call information, please contact Kimberly Hunter at or call +1-202-863-8148.
     Dean issued the following statement:
     "I am delighted to announce that the city of Denver will host the 2008
 Democratic National Convention. I congratulate Governor Ritter, Mayor
 Hickenlooper, Senator Salzar and the members of the Denver Host Committee
 for assembling an outstanding bid that demonstrates the community's
 commitment to organizing a first-rate national convention that will put our
 nominee on the path to victory in 2008.
     "There is no question that the West is important to the future of the
 Democratic Party. The recent Democratic gains in the West exemplify the
 principle that when we show up and ask for people's votes and talk about
 what we stand for, we can win in any part of the country. Additionally, we
 have a number of strong Democratic leaders in the West who will be a part
 of showcasing the vision of Democratic leadership for America as we
 introduce the next Democratic President in the Rocky Mountains.
     "New York is a wonderful city but in the end, it was the strength of
 Denver's bid that made it the best choice. From the state-of-the-art
 facilities to the commitment of community leaders to hosting an outstanding
 event, Mayor Hickenlooper and the host committee made clear that the Denver
 convention will be a great one. We thank the team for its hard-work during
 this process and look forward to working with them over the next year and a
 half to put on the best Democratic convention in history."
     "I would like to thank Mayor Bloomberg, the members of the New York
 Host Committee, and the rest of the team who organized New York City's bid
 to host the convention. Together, they made this an enormously difficult
 decision. I know how hard they worked, and appreciate all of their

SOURCE Democratic National Committee