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Unofficial kickoff to DNC 2012 - CarolinaFest

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(09/03/12) - This week, it's the Democrats' turn in the political spotlight as their political convention gets underway in North Carolina.

The Michigan delegation met for the first time Monday morning, where they had a visit from the Democratic National Committee chair.

This is CarolinaFest. It's a kickoff party to the DNC on the streets of Uptown Charlotte. Many of our Mid-Michigan delegates will be heading there to take in the sights and sounds, but they're also getting down to business.

"We have to make sure Mitt Romney loses both of his home states," said Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Democratic national committee chair.

Wasserman Schultz stopped by the Michigan delegation's host hotel first thing Monday morning to rally the troops.

"We consider Michigan a battleground state, and an important one at that," she said.

She wasted no time slamming Mitt Romney, and crediting President Obama for the auto bailout and the resurgence of the manufacturing industry.

"Mitt Romney would've let Detroit go bankrupt and Barack Obama saved the American automobile industry and saved those 1.4 million jobs in the supply chain," she said.

Delegate Floyd Clack of Flint is no stranger to political conventions. He attended his first DNC in 1988, and says Charlotte is going to be an exciting one.

"The best part is probably meeting different people from different sections of the country," he said.

But once all the parties and speeches are over, it's back to Mid-Michigan to prepare for Election Day.

"Two long months to go, still a lot of voters to get to - a lot of voters in Genesee County specifically that the campaign is registering all the time. So we'll be ready," Clack said.

There's no doubt our local delegates nor the DNC are taking Michigan for granted this year. As for CarolinaFest, the festivities will continue throughout the evening, including two big headline singers - Jeff Bridges and James Taylor.

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