WASHINGTON D.C. - Citing the Denver host committee's strong bid and growing Democratic gains in the Rocky Mountain West, Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean has announced that Denver will host the 2008 Democratic National Convention Monday, August 25 to Thursday, August 28.
Dean issued the following statement regarding the selection of Denver over New York:
"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", Dean says. 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," Dean explained.
"New York is a wonderful city but in the end, it was the strength of Denver's bid that made it the best choice," the Democratic National Committee Chair said.
"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," Dean continued.
"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", Dean said in making the announcement of the selection of Denver over New York.
Dean noted that, even though Denver got the final nod from the DNC, the effort by New York to be selected for the upcoming Democrat's National Convention was appreciated.
"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 efforts", Dean said.