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Democrats were eager to recapture the spotlight at their own gathering. But the convention’s location served as an unwelcome reminder to the Democrats of an economy so weak that it threatens Obama’s chances for re-election.
The president carried North Carolina in 2008, but the state’s unemployment rate is pegged at 9.6 percent, higher than the nation’s 8.3 percent and tied with next-door South Carolina for fifth from the bottom.
The Democrats’ convention at the Time Warner Cable arena will feature evening speeches Tuesday by first lady Michelle Obama and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, the keynote speaker.
The president will be nominated for a new term on Wednesday, when former President Bill Clinton also will speak.
Obama’s prime-time acceptance speech, to be delivered at the outdoor Bank of America Stadium, caps the convention on Thursday night. Aides predict a capacity crowd will hear the speech at the site, which can hold nearly 74,000. Vice President Joe Biden delivers his own acceptance speech the same evening.
Democrats are taking their turn in the convention spotlight just days after the Republicans met in Tampa to nominate Romney for the White House and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan to be vice president.
Associated Press writers Beth Fouhy in Charlotte, N.C. and Kasie Hunt in Wolfeboro, N.H. contributed to this report.
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