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Here at Bank of America Stadium on Thursday the president of the United States will accept his party's presidential nomination at the conclusion of the DNC.
-- Charlotte to host our convention was no accident.
North Carolina is a critical battleground state in -- 2012 election.
DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz says this convention is anything but conventional.
We're doing things differently than any convention you ever seen.
Let's blowing the doors open and inviting thousands of Americans to be a part of this convention in many different.
-- the DNC is known for its first in 1832 the first DNC was held in a Baltimore saloon.
A hundred years later Franklin Delano Roosevelt the first major party candidate to accept a presidential nomination in person.
In 1940 FDR's wife Elin or was the first woman to address a national political convention in 1984.
Represented of Geraldine Ferraro was the first woman placed on a national ticket by a major party.
2000 Democrats -- -- Connecticut senator Joseph Lieberman as the first Jewish vice presidential candidate.
And this year at San Antonio mayor Julian Castro will be the first Hispanic to deliver the keynote address at the DNC.
Preparations for the four day convention have been underway for months.
The Time Warner arena is going through a seven million dollar renovation.
400 seats will be temporarily removed to make room for the -- podium and of course television cameras.
From day one all of our efforts from format of funding have maintained a singular focus.
To put on the most open and accessible convention in history.
Mayor Anthony Foxx hopes the convention we'll showcase what the queen city has -- offer the convention will be an incredible opportunity.
For North Carolina to demonstrate that we are dynamic.
Diverse and vibrant state.
That is historically look beyond the present to ensure that its people are stronger in the future.
Charlotte will host the democratic party's first southern conventions since Atlanta in 1988 it's the first national political convention to be held in North Carolina.
In Washington Craig Boswell Fox's.
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