I understand why meeting in a bellweather state like Ohio would make sense to Republicans, but....Cleveland?
Now I am sure there are plenty of good people in Cleveland. I just didn't meet any of them when I was in Cleveland for a week one afternoon 15 years ago.
In 1999, Tiger Stadium was going to close at the end of that season and I wanted to see a game at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull before it was shuttered. I decided to make a weekend of it and also planned to see games in Cleveland and Cincinnati.
Everything in Detroit went off without a hitch. I stayed in Windsor. It was when I traveled to Cleveland when my problems began. The worst of it occurred when I got robbed. Fortunately, I only lost $20 and was otherwise unharmed. But when a second guy pulled a knife on me and demanded money, I ran for my life. I reported these incidents to the police who acted like I was inconveniencing them.