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SLC being ‘checked out’ for 2012 Republican Convention

Thanks to Mitt Romney, the head of the site selection team for the 2012 GOP National Convention said Tuesday she knows more about Salt Lake City than the other two cities competing to host the event: Tampa, Fla., and Phoenix.

But Holly Hughes, a Republican national committeewoman from Michigan, was careful not to make any comparisons among the cities at the team's only media availability during their three-day tour, set to end midday Wednesday.

Instead, Hughes praised Salt Lake's experience in securing the 2002 Winter Olympics headed by Romney, who made an unsuccessful bid for the Republican presidential nomination two years ago and is widely expected to run again.

"During his campaign, he spoke highly of Salt Lake City. I heard so many Salt Lake Olympics stories and how wonderful you are," Hughes said, noting that Romney is from Michigan, where his father, George, served as governor.

"It was a time when Salt Lake City showed its stuff, so to speak, and did a fantastic job and made a name for Mitt Romney," she said. "I think he did you a great favor, and I think you did a great favor to Mitt Romney. You helped make his career, and you can be proud of that."

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