Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Charlotte N.C. Mayor Anthony Foxx went to Washington this week with the same message:

Don’t let the partisan rancor over the national debt get in the way of a proposed $110 million federal appropriation for security at next year’s Republican and Democratic national conventions.

“In spite of the debt ceiling debate and the sort of overheated rhetoric, we have conventions to put on and the federal government has obligations to provide security costs,” Buckhorn said Wednesday.

“Everyone that we spoke to acknowledged that that was correct,” he said. “Where they differed was how the money was to be allocated. That was more of a process question.”

For the two cities, the stakes could not be higher. The Republican National Convention is scheduled for Aug. 27-30, 2012 in Tampa. The Democratic National Convention takes place a week later in Charlotte.