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Barrett on DNC: 'Ready to showcase Milwaukee on one of the largest stages'

Posted at 11:07 AM, Mar 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-11 17:55:03-04

On the heels of his annual State of the City Address, Mayor Tom Barrett weighs in on Milwaukee being chosen to host the 2020 Democratic National Convention.

“This is a great day for the city of Milwaukee and for the state of Wisconsin,” said Barrett.

This is the first time the Democratic Party has held a national convention in the Midwest outside of Chicago since 1916.

The DNC's 2020 announcement's beer toast

Prior to the convention announcement, Barrett noted in his address that he was optimistic for the decision.

"When I first came up with this idea back in 2013, the Fiserv Forum didn't exist and Milwaukee had a lot fewer hotel rooms. Fast forward six years, and we are ready to roar!"

"This choice is a statement of our values, and I'm thrilled Milwaukee will host the 2020 Democratic National Convention. The Democratic Party is the party of working people, and Milwaukee is a city of working people," said DNC Chair Tom Perez.

Home to some of the country's biggest brewers, including Pabst, Schlitz, Miller and Blatz, Milwaukee's metro area has a redeveloped downtown, a hotel capacity exceeding 17,000 rooms and a new downtown streetcar line that opened in November.

“Milwaukee is a first-class city, and we are ready to showcase Milwaukee on one of the largest stages in the world," Barrett said.