By Liz Sidoti
Wednesday, February 2, 2011; A03
Democrats plan to hold their 2012 nominating convention in Charlotte, selecting to fete President Obama in a newly competitive presidential battleground in the conservative-leaning South.
The selection signaled that Obama plans to aggressively compete in traditionally Republican states that he won during his first presidential campaign by cobbling together a diverse cross-section of voters. And the apparent theme - "The People's Convention" - indicated that Obama will try to rekindle the grass-roots flavor of his 2008 bid.
In choosing Charlotte for the party's 46th convention, the Democratic National Committee rejected bids by a trio of Midwestern cities hit hard by the recession: Cleveland, Minneapolis, and St. Louis.
First lady Michelle Obama disclosed the selection to campaign supporters in an e-mail Tuesday.
A personally popular incumbent, Obama is virtually assured of being nominated again; he faces no serious primary challenger.
In an e-mail to backers, DNC Chairman Timothy M. Kaine answered speculation that Obama would choose a different running mate for 2012, saying the party was looking forward to nominating Obama and Vice President Biden for a second term.
Democrats will hold their convention the week of Sept. 3, 2012. A week earlier, Republicans will nominate their candidate in Tampa, in another important presidential state.
- Associated Press