Democrats announced on Tuesday that they have chosen Charlotte as the site of the 2012 Democratic National Convention, hoping to signal the political media that they plan on competing in all parts of the country as they did in 2008.
North Carolina is among the 2008 Obama states most likely to be flipped in 2012, along with Virginia and Indiana.
“Charlotte, North Carolina, will host the 46th Democratic National Convention in 2012,” Michelle Obama wrote in an email for Organizing for America supporters. “Charlotte is a city marked by its southern charm, warm hospitality, and an “up by the bootstraps” mentality that has propelled the city forward as one of the fastest-growing in the South. Vibrant, diverse, and full of opportunity, the Queen City is home to innovative, hardworking folks with big hearts and open minds. And of course, great barbecue.”
She went on to say that, “More than anything else, we want this to be a grassroots convention for the people” — and later referred to it as “The People’s Convention.”
The People’s Convention will take place the week of Sept. 3, 2012. The Republican National Convention, in Tampa, will be a week earlier, starting August 27.