Congress members are pitching their cities to the Democratic National Committee, all in hopes of landing the 2016 convention. (Jackie Kucinich/The Washington Post)

Philadelphia has its cheesesteaks.

Brooklyn is home to lots of famous faces.

And in Phoenix it almost never rains.

These are just a few of the selling points members of Congress shared in their city pitches as the Democratic National Committee kicked off its visits to five cities in contention for their 2016 convention this week.

Columbus, Ohio, and Birmingham, Ala., are also contenders for the prize that would bring tens of thousands of activists to the city for the multi-day celebration and formal selection of the top of the presidential ticket.

The DNC delegation spent Monday and Tuesday in Birmingham, where red, white and blue banners with the words “DNC2016 Birmingham, history happens here” greeted them, according to local reports.

The rest of the visit schedule will go as follows:
Columbus: August 6-7
Brooklyn: August 11-12
Philadelphia: August 13-14
Phoenix: Sept. 10-11

Philadelphia is the only city under consideration that has hosted a convention in the past. While Manhattan has hosted the conventions of both parties several times, it would be the first for Brooklyn.

The Republican National Committee announced Cleveland, Ohio, as its 2016 convention site  this month. Cleveland was also in the running for the DNC, but the city formally withdrew from consideration last week.

Each of the cities have vowed to make a strong pitch, but  some have been more aggressive than others.

Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman, a Democrat, said in an interview with Politico that if the DNC does not choose his city, Democrats risk losing Ohio to Republicans in the presidential election that fall.

“The Republican Party grabbing the convention in Cleveland has the potential of leaving this state to the Republican side in 2016,” Coleman said.

While the selection of a swing state is symbolic of how important a state is to a political party, it doesn’t guarantee success in November (see: DNC convention in North Carolina and the RNC convention in Florida in 2012).