GOP Debates Location for 2012 Convention

Tampa, Phoenix, and Salt Lake City are the finalists for the GOP nominating convention.

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

Republicans plan to signal their choice for the site of the 2012 nominating convention soon. But insiders say the site selection committee is grappling with issues in each of the finalists—Tampa, Phoenix, and Salt Lake City. Tampa seems to be tops, but there are concerns about being in Florida in hurricane season. Phoenix is blazing hot in August, and some think it's bad image-wise to go to the home of 2008 presidential runner-up, Sen. John McCain. Salt Lake City hosts the Mormon Church, something that could be sticky if Mormon Mitt Romney is the nominee.

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