Miami on Friday joined the hunt to host the Democratic National Convention in 2016.
That event could bring one of the most closely watched acceptance speeches in history, if a certain former secretary of state proves the pundits right and jumps into the presidential race.
Freddy Balsera, who helped shape the Obama campaign's media message to Hispanic voters, is organizing the push and will head up the committee pursuing the event. Miami-Dade is offering Democrats the county-owned AmericanAirlines Arena, which seats about 20,000 people for basketball games.
For Miami to be the host, organizers would have to raise at least $50 million, a sizeable sum given that reports of a $20 million tab for Super Bowl raised eyebrows throughout the region last year.
On Friday, key players cautioned that they're still deciding whether it makes sense to host the convention. Once the Democratic Party releases details on the hosting requirements, the final pricetag will come into focus.
"Specs out soon,’’ Miami-Dade tourism chief Bill Talbert wrote in an email. “Will take a look and then make a decision.”
Added county Mayor Carlos Gimenez: "It's just an expression of interest."
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