Houston and Miami react after Milwaukee picked for 2020 DNC
The mayor of Houston, Sylvester Turner released the following statement following the announcement:
"We are deeply disappointed that the DNC will not bring its 2020 national convention to Houston. Our bid brought together people from both major political parties, and from no particular party, to show that our welcoming city represents the demographic future of America -- and has unmatched experience with putting on mega-events. As Houston has proven many times with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the Astros World Series Championship parade, the Super Bowl and the Final Four, the nation’s most diverse and fourth most-populous city is an effective host to the world, relying on great people from the private, non-profit, institutional and government sectors to unite and say ‘howdy’ in more than 100 languages.
"As the late President George H.W. Bush wrote to me in June in support of our bid, ‘Our facilities and hotels are world class, but it’s really our people – the spirit of our fellow Houstonians – that makes the key difference. No one works harder; no one is friendlier or more welcoming.’ We wish the DNC convention planners well and look forward to using our facilities for other highly successful activities in July 2020.”
Miami, the other city in the running, was pushing the city's "glitz" factor to try and attract the DNC even offering to put the delegates up on cruise ships.
The mayor of Miami, Francis Suarez, also released a statement saying:
“As a city with such strong national and international reach, Miami has all the necessary logistical and infrastructural elements to host major events. It’s a missed opportunity for our nation that we won’t be able to roll out the red carpet to DNC attendees in Summer 2020, but the mere fact that Miami was so seriously considered speaks to our city’s place in America today as a model of diversity and opportunity.”