DNC: Countdown on until President accepts Democratic nom | Politics
The Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) marked 100 days until President Obama accepts the nomination at Bank of America Stadium on Tuesday with the launch of the "I'm There" campaign to encourage participation in the convention this September.
The campaign asks people to declare they're attending the convention, virtually or in person, by sharing a photo of themselves holding the convention logo with the caption, "I'm There."
The DNCC released a video, to promote the "I'm There" campaign, which asks Americans to raise their voices and be heard, and share why they are attending the 2012 Democratic National Convention, whether it's from home, online or in Charlotte.
The 100 day countdown was marked at an event at Bank of America Stadium by Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, DNCC CEO Steve Kerrigan, Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx and Karen Baldwin, an OFA volunteer from Durham, North Carolina.
The mission of this year's Democratic National Convention is to make the convention the most open and accessible to date. That means engaging more people in a meaningful way, no matter where they are in the country.
"Across the country, I see the excitement that's been growing for the Democratic National Convention," said DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz. "This convention is going to bring Americans together and continue the conversation started by President Obama five years ago."
The "I'm There" campaign encourages people to engage and declare they're attending the convention either in person or virtually. We're asking Americans across the country to share a photo of themselves holding the convention logo with the caption, "I'm There!"
Submissions will be shared on www.demconvention.com and via the convention's social media forums.
"Today's 100 day mark symbolizes two things: the milestones we have achieved and the countdown to the convention and the President's re-nomination speech. We hope Americans around the country will send in their RSVP to the convention this September," said DNCC CEO Steve Kerrigan.
Conventions have traditionally been open only to delegates, insiders and the party faithful, but Democrats changed that in 2008, and this year we're doing even more to engage more people:
- Become a delegate: About 6,000 delegates will take part in the convention this year, up from 4,419 delegates in 2008. The vast majority of each state's delegates will be everyday Americans who are energized and passionate about participating in the democratic process.
- Attend the Labor Day Festival: We shortened the convention to three days to allow for a family-friendly festival at Charlotte Motor Speedway, that's free and open to the public, and celebrates the Carolinas, Virginia and the South.
- Volunteer: Be one of the more than 10,000 people that have signed up to volunteer to help make this convention a success.
- Be there for Obama's Acceptance Speech at the Stadium: We are moving the President's acceptance speech to Bank of America Stadium so tens of thousands more people can participate.
- Participate online: From anywhere around the country and the world, through www.demconvention.com, Americans will have access to interactive features and comprehensive information that allows the public to watch and comment on convention proceedings as they happen.
- Donate: An active grassroots fundraising campaign by the Host Committee has expanded the donor base by over 30 times the number of contributors from four years ago.