Countdown to DNC Convention

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - September 3, 2012

It was a coming out party for the Pennsylvania delegation Monday night, many of them from the Delaware Valley.

It was a fancy soiree but with a serious message; how do we help ensure that President Obama is re-elected on November 6th.

"We can debate the past, but I think his plan is for a second term in the future is what most people want to hear," said Senator Robert Casey.

Some labor supporters admit to initially being disappointed that Charlotte was chosen to host this convention with North Carolina being a "right to work" state; meaning it is viewed as not being union friendly.

Philadelphia City Councilman Curtis Jones says he is confident that labor will support President Obama on Election Day.

"If you look at the auto industry which was almost DOA, he brought that back," said Jones. "And a lot of organized benefited from that."

"He has accomplished more in creating more jobs in the last two years than Bush did in 8 years," said Ernie Esposito from the Pennsylvania Labor Council.

Tuesday night at the convention, First Lady Michelle Obama will speak to the delegates and the nation.

Earlier on Monday, she toured the Time Warner Cable Arena in preparation for her speech; a speech many think will focus on women's rights.

"I think woman are really looking for the sane center, the moderate middle, and that's where she's going to go," said PA Delegate Marjorie Margolies. "She's very warm. She knows just what her audience is."

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams brought his daughters to the convention. He says this election is about their future.

"We have too many people dying on the streets of Philadelphia, and we have to do something about it. We have too many kids not going to school in Philadelphia; too many people who aren't working, and we have to find solutions," said Williams.

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter arrived in North Carolina Monday night and is scheduled to speak at the convention.

He is the president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and will address the delegates on their behalf on Wednesday.

It may be down to business for the delegates Tuesday, but Monday it was Carolina fest in the heart of uptown Charlotte.

Part street fair, part Labor Day parade, call it a prelude to presidential politics; a pre-convention kick-off organized by the host city and the Democratic National Committee.

The idea behind Carolina fest was to underscore the themes of this year's convention, an open and interactive celebration that brings people together, even children.

Another theme on this Labor Day was giving back to the less fortunate.

Several delegates, including a contingent from the Delaware Valley helped Habitat for Humanity and craftsmen build half of a house right in the middle of the convention.

Also volunteering at the site, expert contractor Ty Pennington from ABC's Extreme Makeover Home Edition and the Revolution.

He told Action News he was enthusiastic and inspired to be a part of this bi-partisan project. Half of the house was constructed last week by Republican delegates at their convention in Tampa.

When finished, the two halves will be brought together to create one home, and then given to a deserving military veteran.

Security has intensified in Charlotte with police officers from all over deployed to the convention site, including one officer from the Delaware Valley.

The Time-Warner Cable Arena is finally open to the media after a 14-hour security sweep.

The delegates will begin arriving Tuesday morning as the work continues to transform the venue from an NBA basketball arena into a convention hall for Democrats.

On Wednesday, former President Bill Clinton will presumably send a charge through the arena when he officially re-nominates President Barack Obama for re-election.

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