'Hot damn' and other quotes from DNC announcement

'Hot damn' and other quotes from DNC announcement

Cammie Harris opened a celebratory news conference Tuesday, exclaiming, "Hot damn. Wasn't that good news?"

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by NewsChannel 36 Staff

NewsChannel 36 Staff

Posted on February 1, 2011 at 4:00 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 1 at 5:45 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The announcement that the Democratic National Convention will be hosted in Charlotte generated some memorable quotes from local and national leaders. Here are a few:

"Hot damn. Wasn't that good news?" - Cammie Harris, lead fundraiser for Charlotte 2012

"Here we are getting ready to have the Democratic convention. Man, what a damn move this city has made!" -Cammie Harris

"We will have the best Democratic convention in the history of Democratic conventions." -Mayor Anthony Foxx

"Now that we are married, so to speak, we need to introduce ourselves to each other." -Mayor Anthony Foxx on planning convention with DNC Chairman Tim Kaine

"It's a great day to be a Democrat and it's a great day to live in the city of Charlotte." -Joel Ford, chairman of the Mecklenburg County Democratic Party

"We look forward to Charlotte being in the spotlight in 2012, but North Carolinians will not be fooled again by empty promises of 'Hope' and 'Change.'" -North Carolina Republican Party chairman Robin Hayes

"We encourage all local businesses, especially Republican ones, to take as much money as possible off of the visiting Democrats." -MeckGOP vice-chair Claire Mahoney

"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." -First Lady Michelle Obama

"My job is to get the money." - Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers on raising funds for DNC

"Today's decision is fantastic news for North Carolina regardless of your political party." -NC Gov. Bev Perdue.

"They clearly made the decision based on electoral politics, not who is the best place to hold a convention with excellent hotels and restaurants." - Jeff Rainford, chief of staff for St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay

"We're obviously disappointed." -Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak

"I am confident that Charlotte is an ideal location," DNC Chairman Tim Kaine

"Congratulations to Charlotte, host of the 2012 Democratic National Convention. Help make it the People's Convention." -President Barack Obama via Twitter

"From our world-class museums to our down-home cooking to our Southern hospitality, I know Charlotte has so much to offer. I can't wait for the convention attendees to see firsthand why North Carolina is the best state in the nation." -U.S. Senator Kay R. Hagan (D-NC)

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