Kansas City's task force for 2016 Republican convention rolls out red carpet for RNC site visit

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas City’s three-day audition for the Republican National Committee began this afternoon with a dose of nostalgia, a marching band, and a dancing mayor.

A classic TWA airliner and stewardesses lined the tarmac at the downtown airport just after 2 p.m. as the task force hoping to bring the GOP’s nominating convention back to Kansas City in 2016 rolled out both the figurative -- and a literal -- red carpet to welcome Republican leaders to town.

As the 13-member committee disembarked from their chartered plane from Ohio, a high school marching band from KCK played and Mayor Sly James and task force members welcomed them.

Then, they danced.

Site Selection Committee Chairperson Enid Mickelsen and Mayor James boogied briefly on the tarmac while other committee and task force members nodded along to the music.

In minutes, the music was over – and the committee members were whisked off to their hotel. This evening they will take a short bus tour of the city and attend a reception. Task force co-chair Troy Stremming said one of the most difficult decisions his team faces is deciding what to show the visiting Republicans during their visit, which wraps up on Friday morning.

“We're going to show them the best of what we have to offer,” Stremming said. “We're not going to be able to show them everything, but we're going to show them a little bit of what we have going on here.” 

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