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Ex-NV governor: Vegas fit for GOP, Democratic conventions


Las Vegas is the No. 1 city in the country for conventions, but it has never hosted a national political convention. That could change.

Las Vegas is among 15 cities vying to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention. It is one of five cities with a shot at hosting the 2016 Republican National Convention.

Former Nevada Gov. Bob List said Las Vegas is the perfect city for the conventions for a number of reasons.

"Being on the West Coast, because of the timing with television, the conventions would end around 8 p.m., so people have time to see a show, get a bite to eat. When we meet on the East Coast, you get out at 11 p.m. There's nothing to do," List said.

List said he doesn't think last month's standoff in Bunkerville between rancher Cliven Bundy and the Bureau of Land Management would keep Republicans from holding their convention in Las Vegas, as Sen. Harry Reid suggested.

"I don't think so. It's kind of a fascination with people," List said.

Some have raised concerns that Las Vegas' reputation as Sin City would dissuade Democrats and Republicans from holding their conventions here.

"On the other hand, we're a city of 500 houses of worship. We're the fifth-largest school district in America. We have 20,000 Boy Scouts in this town. We're a city of wholesome family values to most of us who live here. The image that precedes us is something I guess we have to overcome a bit," List said.

The last city to host both conventions in the same year was Miami, in 1972.

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