What better spot than the birthplace of American democracy to hold the 2016 Democratic National Convention? Last week, Chris Matthews of Hardball on MSNBC wrote a piece in the Washington Post about the many reasons that made Philly the perfect backdrop for the ’16 DNC. Here are some highlights:
“When I was growing up in that city, my mother took my brothers and me to see the Liberty Bell, then still in Independence Hall. She also took us to Carpenter’s Hall, colonial Elfreth’s Alley and, of course, Betsy Ross’s house. She wanted her children to know the history of our city, which was so vital to the beginnings of our country.These historic sites are within quick walking distance of Philadelphia’s convention center. When Democratic delegates from all over the country arrive in July 2016 they could visit much of their country’s revolutionary history without leaving Market Street. But the greater opportunity is what a 2016 Philadelphia convention could do on television. Consider the themes at the heart of the current national debate over voting rights, marriage equality and pay equity.
Now consider the opening words of our founding document.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
The announcement was made this morning by DNC chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Mayor Nutter expressed his excitement after the announcement was made, stating that “We’re all delighted to make history again, in the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection.” The convention is expected to be held the week of July 25, 2016 on the heels of the Republican National Convention, which is to take place in Cleveland, Ohio.
For more info on the reasons that locked Philly in as the top contender, click here. (Though we don’t expect you had any doubts am I right, Philadelphians?)