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WASHINGTON, D.C. (CBSDFW.COM) – The message, from local celebrities and a group working to have the Republican National Convention in North Texas, is that Dallas does everything bigger and better.

After a lot of promotion and hard work those individuals are just crossing their fingers now and hoping Dallas is chosen as the home for the 2016 RNC.

Friday Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, former Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison and a large delegation of people gave their pitch to bring the convention to North Texas.

The local delegation told members of the Republican National Committee that if you can host a Super Bowl, an NBA All-Star Weekend, the Final Four, and yes, the same political convention 30 years ago… why not have the event in Dallas again?

Who knew Dallas was a metaphor for a political party’s platform – a balanced budget, low taxes, and limited government.

During a video presentation to the committee a voice stated, “Dallas is poised and ready to lead, not only in business, but selecting the next president of the United States.”

The short film was part of Dallas’ campaign to become the selected city for the GOP’s national convention in July of 2016.

Mayor Rawlings, Hutchison, and Phillip Jones, the President and CEO of the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau, outlined the city’s pitch for the GOP Convention, where the party’s presidential candidate will be nominated.

Reflecting on the meeting Mayor Rawlings said, “We talked security, we talked about funding, we talked about ease of locations we talked about their image, and lastly how much fun our city is.”

The Dallas team noted the aforementioned Super Bowl and NBA All-Star Weekend and also highlighted the opening of the George W. Bush Presidential Library as sparkling examples of how the city can handle and host national events.

The Dallas team announced that $40 million has already been raised for the convention. The American Airlines Center would be the designated venue for the convention, but Mayor Rawlings also announced the home of America’s team could also be a player.

“We did put the option out there. We have other venues like AT&T Stadium to be used as well,” he said. “I believe our bid package stacks up very well.”

In total, Dallas would need $60 million to host the convention.

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