Colorado launches bid for 2016 GOP convention

DENVER – Colorado Republicans launched an effort Friday to return their state to the world stage by bringing their party’s 2016 national convention to Denver.

If they succeed, it would be eight years after the Democrats held their quadrennial gathering in the Mile High City.

Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, is cooperating with the effort. Hickenlooper was mayor of Denver during the 2008 convention, which put Barack Obama on the path to the presidency.

Colorado Republican Party Chairman Ryan Call avoided nearly all mention of politics at Friday’s announcement of the formation of the city’s 2016 host committee.