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Former VP Dick Cheney surprises RNC members in Kansas City

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As Kansas City is rallying to host the 2016 Republican National Convention, former Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife showed up. As Kansas City is rallying to host the 2016 Republican National Convention, former Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife showed up.
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV/AP) -

As Kansas City is rallying to host the 2016 Republican National Convention, former Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife showed up.

Catherine Hanaway, a Republican candidate for Missouri governor, tweeted a picture.

"A big thank you to Mr. Vice President and Mrs. Cheney for coming to KC to support @KCRNC2016," Hanaway tweeted.

It was taken while RNC committee members had dinner Wednesday night.

The 13-member committee continues its tour of the city Thursday to judge its ability to host the convention, which would attract an estimated 45,000 people and thousands of media.

The committee spent Monday and Tuesday in Cleveland and will travel to Dallas and Denver next week. A decision on which city will host the convention is expected late this summer.

Most of the committee's work in Kansas City will occur Thursday, when members are scheduled to tour the Sprint Center, the Country Club Plaza and other city amenities, and then meet with city officials to discuss the bid. The visit will be capped by a reception Thursday night at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

In preparation, workers have cut weeds, repaired signs and picked up trash in the downtown areas, and welcoming billboards went up around the city.

Downtown businesses have been asked to display welcoming signs with their lights at night.

The last political convention in Kansas City was in 1976, when Ronald Reagan unsuccessfully tried to oust President Gerald Ford. City officials plan to emphasize several changes since then, including a $6 billion downtown renovation anchored by the Sprint Center, where the convention would be held, and the Power and Light entertainment district across the street from the venue.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus has said that local fundraising, security, hotel space and transportation are important factors in choosing a convention site, while the political climate of the state is less important.

Copyright 2014 KCTV (Meredith Corp.) All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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