City officials in St. Louis are doing their best fake-happy-for-the-other-guy clap after losing out on a chance to host the 2012 Democratic National Convention. St. Louis, Cleveland and Minneapolis lost out to Charlotte. The bid team in St. Louis considered it a two-city race, with St. Louis and Charlotte in the running, and losing out stings. “I think this was a huge missed opportunity for the DNC to hold the convention in a swing state that’s in the heartland of swing states,” U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan, D-St. Louis, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Tuesday.
Why Charlotte? ABC’s senior White House correspondent Jake Tapper quoted a Democratic National Committee source who said, “this should put to rest any notion that we believe the map is shrinking…we are going to play big. POTUS is in very strong shape in North Carolina right now and we are going hard after VA, NC and all the states we won in 08.”
The convention’s set for the week of September 3rd at the Time Warner Cable Arena, which is known in Charlotte as the Bobcat arena. In an email, First Lady Michelle Obama said “vibrant, diverse, and full of opportunity, the Queen City is home to innovative, hardworking folks with big hearts and open minds…and of course, great barbecue.”
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