Charlotte leaders visit Washington to plan for DNC

Charlotte leaders visit Washington to plan for DNC

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by DAVE WAGNER / NewsChannel 36

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DAVE WAGNER / NewsChannel 36

Posted on February 25, 2011 at 11:58 AM

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Charlotte leaders gathered in Washington, D.C., Thursday as the city prepares to host the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

Nineteen months before the convention, Mayor Anthony Foxx and the Charlotte host committee met with leaders organizing the convention.

"Thank you for recognizing the tremendous opportunity ahead of us by bringing the Democratic National Convention to a new American city, to the New South, to Charlotte, North Carolina," said Mayor Anthony Foxx.

Foxx played a video that introduced members of the DNC to the Queen City. It opened with Michael Jordan, saying, "Welcome to Charlotte."

"There are many people in this room who haven't been to Charlotte in a long time, or maybe ever. And to be able to show them little snippets of the city that we've built, the fun that they're going to have, but also the relevance that Charlotte has to the times that we're in as a country. It's just amazing and I think it's going to be a great experience," Foxx said.

After the glow of landing the convention, Charlotte leaders are faced with the reality of having to raise $40 million with new self-imposed Democratic restrictions that ban donations from corporations, lobbyists and political action committees.

"We're going to reach out to individuals and people all across this country," said Duke CEO Jim Rogers, who is leading the fundraising effort.

The chairman of the Democratic National Committee says the convention will be a different party for the Democrats in Charlotte. It's the first Democratic convention held in the South since 1988.

"With the other side pushing and fighting so hard, we felt like it was important for us to show we're playing offense," said Gov. Tim Kaine, chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

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