CHARLOTTE, N.C.-- The chairman of the Democratic National Convention is now in Charlotte.
Governor Tim Kaine arrived at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport around 8:15 p.m. Tuesday night.
Kaine had to walk a fine line when talking about the excitement that Charlotte was chosen to host the 2012 DNC.
He did not want to offend voters in the cities that lost
It was a challenge to pick among those four cities, says Kaine.
Kaine says Minneapolis, Cleveland and St. Louis all met the basic needs of putting on a convention, but there was just something about Charlotte.
We just developed a comfort level with Charlotte and by early in January we kind of felt the feel was right, says Kaine.
Mayor Anthony Foxx made the public announcement at a news conference that turned into an impromptu, feel-good party, where everyone knew Charlotte would now be a force in the political universe.
And we will spend the next couple of years telling the world what a great place North Carolina is and what a wonderful city Charlotte is, Foxx says.
Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers, who co-chaired the effort to win the convention, said $40 to $50 million in private contributions still has to be raised but he was confident that would happen now that the selection had been made.
We will make your decision a great decision because this is going to be one of the greatest conventions ever held in this country, and we can do it, says Rogers.
And even though he is a Republican, former long-time mayor Pat McCrory was proud of the work that had been done to make Charlotte a convention city.
We have the infrastructure which we would not had fifteen years ago with this arena, the convention center, NASCAR Hall of Fame, and it is going to bring the spotlight to our city, says McCrory.
Tim Kaine and Mayor Foxx will will tour the Time Warner Cable Arena Wednesday, going over some initial planning.
Wednesday is where the work really begins to get Charlotte ready for September 2012.