Posted on May 5, 2012 at 2:22 PM
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Six months before the November election, Democratic National Committee spokesman Brad Woodhouse is confident.
"We are as convinced today, as we were a month ago, as we were a year ago, that we can and will win North Carolina," he said.
Meantime, during a visit to Charlotte this week, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus called North Carolina “THE state for the Republican Party”.
Priebus told Newschannel 36, “North Carolina is a state that, I will tell you, is going to be ground zero for the Republican Party this year and especially Mitt Romney.”
Democrats are bringing their convention to Charlotte in September and Woodhouse called it “a vitally important battleground state.” Woodhouse adds, “Republicans had the opportunity to choose North Carolina to place their convention and they decided on Florida.”
This week, the non-partisan Rothenberg Political Report questioned whether choosing Charlotte for the Democratic National Convention was a mistake.
In his article, Stuart Rothenberg highlighted Governor Bev Perdue's low approval numbers, North Carolina's high unemployment and the leadership crisis within the North Carolina Democratic Party.
Woodhouse fired back, “With all due respect, I don’t think Stu Rothenberg has any idea what he’s talking about. I doubt he has spent a moment in North Carolina in recent times. I’m from North Carolina. I have worked campaigns in North Carolina. I have talked to the political reporters recently in North Carolina. "
In November, no one is going to be paying attention to what’s happening, either the scandal that’s occurring right now with the Speaker of the House on the Republican side in North Carolina. No one’s going to be paying attention to what happened at state Democratic Party headquarters.”
In August, Republicans will hold their convention in Tampa. Priebus told Newschannel 36, "We looked at Charlotte as well and it just worked out that Tampa had been working for many, many, many years to get the Republican Party over to Tampa. Priebus said he thinks the Democratic National Convention is “great for Charlotte and good for the state”.
He added, “I don’t think it’s gonna help the Democrats win North Carolina, but I think it’s good for Charlotte.”