Updated 09/02/2012 09:34 PM
Queen City rolls out red carpet for Democratic delegates
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CHARLOTTE--Thousands of delegates have made their way to the Queen City for the Democratic National Convention. Welcome parties were hosted in and around uptown Charlotte on Sunday evening.
The Democratic National Convention is upon us and for the group of nearly 6,000 delegates, that means one thing.
"We want President Obama to win! We want him to remain in office,” said Virginia delegate Lera Brown.
The Charlotte in 2012 Convention Host Committee welcomed delegates from North and South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia to the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Sunday.
The Livingstone College Marching Band, from Salisbury, was there to help build the excitement. Delegate and Mayor of Boone said it's working.
"I think this is going to energize everybody. We're going to be ready to go back to Boone, I work with ASU students and all of that and this gets us energized! That's the thing,” said Loretta Clawson.
Getting energized is not a problem for North Carolina delegate, Brenda Pollard. She said the event is already making an impact.
"I am so excited to be here. It's the first time I've been a delegate. I was in the convention in 2000, on the platform committee but this is just fabulous! Charlotte has pulled out the stops,” said Pollard.
But, of course, this is also a time to get down to business. Many delegates are thinking about the issues at hand.
"The thing I'm most concerned with is people with affordable healthcare and our senior population people that have to choose between medicine and food. That shouldn't be in America," said Edwin Booth.
"I'm hoping that the convention itself puts it out there for all of those that don't really know what our president has done for us and what he wants to do. If they could realize, what he is doing is for the people and not his self," said NC delegate, Carolyn Bryan.
The committee decided to split up the delegate welcome events to really show off Charlotte and to expand business opportunities across the area.