Updated 05/29/2012 04:49 PM
DNC unveils new campaign as committee marks 100 days until convention
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CHARLOTTE – President Barack Obama will be in Charlotte in 100 days to accept his party's nomination at the Democratic National Convention.
With the Charlotte skyline as their back drop, the DNC Committee marked the milestone with a news conference to discuss the remaining 100 days and by rolling out a new campaign called “I'm There,” which is meant to encourage more Americans to attend the convention in September.
"The convention will be an incredible opportunity for North Carolina to demonstrate we are a dynamic, diverse and vibrant state," Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx said.
Convention CEO Steve Kerrigan discussed accomplishments since Charlotte was chosen, including a new logo, delegate hotels, and housing and transportation contracts. He said they are still working on many of the larger tasks like the program and changes to venue layout.
"We'll roll out our plans as we have them prepared," he said.
Kerrigan said there are no regrets choosing Charlotte as the host city, even with recent national headlines in North Carolina surrounding gay rights issues.
“This is the right place for this convention. This is the right place for our party to be," said Kerrigan.
North Carolina continues to be a key battleground state as polls predict a close presidential race.
"We were very clear and specific about how important it was to plant our flag in the South, that we weren't ceding any territory whatsoever," Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, the DNC chair, said.
The DNC still has not announced how tickets will be distributed for Obama's acceptance speech at Bank of America Stadium.
Republicans and the Mitt Romney camp say 100 days out from President Obama's acceptance speech, there are still many more questions than answers. Since day one, the DNC boasted this will be the most open and accessible convention ever. However, the Republicans say there are few if any details about fundraising for the convention.
"Clearly this is not an open convention,” said Scott Stone with the Romney campaign. “This is not the people's convention as they would like it to appear and that's their own doing. They're not being transparent, they're not being forthcoming with information."
Republicans are also concerned about the use of labor unions in the convention.