Thursday, July 1, 2010

Bring it: Democratic National Convention 2012

Posted By on Thu, Jul 1, 2010 at 12:00 PM

If the Queen City can handle NRA-fest, we can handle the Democratic National Convention.

But, don't get too excited yet. There are still three other cities in the running. (But, let's be real, none of them have a thing on the Q.C.)

Cleveland, Minneapolis and St. Louis also made the list.

All four cities are in battleground states: Republican John McCain narrowly carried Missouri in 2008 while Barack Obama squeaked by in North Carolina and won Ohio and Minnesota. North Carolina also elected a Democratic governor, Bev Perdue, and a Democratic U.S. senator, Kay Hagan.

City officials on Tuesday said hosting the event could generate $150 to $200 million in economic impact for the region. It also would attract tens of thousands of convention delegates, politicians, visitors and reporters.

Charlotte’s DNC 2012 Host Committee is co-chaired by Mayor Anthony Foxx and Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers.

“The Democratic Party could do no better than to select Charlotte as the site for its 2012 Democratic National Convention,” Rogers said in a prepared statement. “Charlotte’s convention and cultural facilities are excellent. We stand ready to work with party officials to make the 2012 convention one of the most productive and exciting conventions in the party’s history.”

Foxx said hosting the DNC would “put our city, our region and our state on an international stage.”

Read the rest of this Qcitymetro.com article here.

Let's revisit the DNC's convention in 2008:

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