Presidential Conventions Coming to New York?

December 1, 2001, 12:00 AM EST

New York may play host to not one, but two presidential conventions in 2004. The New York Times reported Thursday that prominent members of the Democratic and Republican parties are considering the city for the events to show a gesture of unity after the terrorist attacks (and boost the city's hospitality and special events industry).

The two parties haven't held conventions in the same city since 1972 in Miami Beach. Some Democrats, though, are skeptical of their convention being held in New York, due to the recent election of Republican mayor-elect Michael Bloomberg. Karl Rove, President George W. Bush's chief political adviser, doesn't expect the decision to be made until after the 2002 elections.

In other news, bipartisan members of the House of Representatives have sponsored a Congressional resolution for the House and Senate to convene a one-day joint session in New York next year.

Posted 12.01.01

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