New York in running to host 2016 Democratic convention

U.S. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer at U.S. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer at a news conference on Jan. 6, 2013. Both have said they will lobby for New York City's bid to host the Democratic National Convention in 2016 as the party invited proposals from 15 cities. Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

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New York City said Tuesday it will make a bid to host the Democratic National Convention in 2016 as the party invited proposals from 15 cities.

Officials offered Madison Square Garden, Barclays Center and the Javits Center as possible venues in a March 1 letter expressing interest in making a proposal.

"More than any other American city, New York City is uniquely suited to plan, organize and execute a successful convention," Deputy Mayor Alicia K. Glen wrote to the Democratic National Committee.

The city has until June 6 to file its formal proposal.

New York could be an auspicious venue for Hillary Clinton should she decide to run for president: The last time Democrats held their convention in the city in 1992, they nominated her husband, Bill Clinton, for the first of his two terms. More recently, in 2004, the city hosted the Republican convention that nominated President George W. Bush for a second term.

Three other cities sent proposals to the DNC earlier this year: Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Columbus, Ohio. In February, Columbus backers made its pitch at the Democrats' national meeting, stressing Ohio's importance as a swing state.

New York Democratic Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand said they will lobby for New York City's bid.

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"If New York City wants it, I'll fight hard to get it," Schumer said in a statement. "The previous conventions in New York were grand successes."

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