National politics are stirring around Columbia. The GOP vetted some of its top presidential contenders in a forum in Columbia yesterday. Today, the Democratic National Committee officially launched its presidential convention activity in nearby Charlotte.
State Representative Gilda Cobb-Hunter (D-Orangeburg) is the chair of the national committee’s Southern Caucus. She had a hand in bringing the event to North Carolina.
“Having the convention in Charlotte is an opportunity, first and foremost, to highlight a very progressive city where they are doing things ‘in spite of.’ And that ‘s the can-do kind of attitude that we believe permeates the South and what we want to be able to show is that there are Southerners who are Democrats,” Cobb-Hunter says.
Cobb-Hunter says no state should be simply written off.
She acknowledges that today was a tough day to launch a convention to reelect President Obama. An ABC News/Washington Post poll, and an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll placed the president’s approval at below 45 percent.
“We recognize that it is not an easy road to victory in 2012 but I would point out that we are at least 14 months from November of 2012 …what I am hopeful about is that we will be able to get everyday Americans off of the rhetoric and into the reality of their situation from an economic standpoint,” she says.
Today’s rally, a countdown to the national convention, featured DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and city officials. Cobb Hunter says fundraising is underway for the event happening September 3-6, 2012.
Cobb-Hunter says South Carolina will see “economic spillover” from a national president ial convention being just across the state border. She says her Southern Caucus is excited about what she calls a “city within a city” that will be created to support the convention.