Excitement has filled the political airs in North Carolina as Charlotte, the state’s largest city, was selected as the site for the 2012 Democratic National Convention.
Said Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue:
“Today’s decision is fantastic news for North Carolina regardless of your political party. A national political convention is a keystone event that will boost North Carolina’s economy, while showcasing Charlotte as our state to the nation and the world. What they will see when they get here is what hundreds of businesses already know – Charlotte’s smart investments in infrastructure, cultural attractions and amenities have produced a climate perfect for work and play.”
U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, a North Carolina Democrat, chimed in:
“I am thrilled that Charlotte has been picked to host the Democratic National Convention in 2012. The economic impact of the convention will be a terrific boost for the many businesses, restaurants, stores and hotels in Charlotte.Once visitors see everything we’ve got going on, I know it will promote tourism to the region in the future. I talked to Chairman Tim Kaine last week and told him what an outstanding place our state is to live, work and vacation.
“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.”
Even the loyal opposition was quick to welcome national Democrats to North Carolina, though with a bit of a different tone. Said N.C. GOP Chairman Robin Hayes:
“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.’ Just last November, North Carolinians rejected the failed policies of President Obama and Governor Perdue and elected Republicans to lead the North Carolina State House and State Senate for the first time in over 100 years. We welcome the Democrats to Charlotte, but they must answer for their misguided policies that have led to more debt, more spending and more government.”