By Mark Curtis
They called it Carolina Fest. Since the convention was not in session Monday, Democrats held an all–day street party dedicated to the organized Labor movement.
The all–day music festival, was a real treat for convention goers.
One of the highlights was a photo stand, where you could get a snapshot with either of the Presidential candidate.
Ironically the choice was a reflection of what real North Carolina votes are going thru in this toss–up state.
"I am a small businessman here in Charlotte. Just based on the way the economy is going, I will vote Republican this year," says Eric Welk, North Carolina Voter.
"I'll be voting for President Obama this year. I just think he deserves a second chance," says Linda Walters, North Carolina Voter.
"I am fiscally conservative so I might lean more conservative. Socially I am a little more liberal. I am an independent," says Danny Hayward, North Carolina Voter.
Hundreds of protesters marched on Sunday to demonstrate against a variety of causes.
So far there have been few arrests this convention week.
As for the Carolina Fest people came to downtown Charlotte for fun, but say industries relying on union labor are key to President Obama's reelection effort this Labor Day weekend
"The car industry in America has been saved. And Obama is directly responsible for that," says Hardy Holm, (D) Nebraska Delegate.
"Saved the auto industry. So many things that he has done, that I think will be brought out this week," says State Rep. Sharon Steckman, (D) Iowa Delegate.
"President Obama really has an understanding of what the middle class is concerned about," says Paul Yorkis, (D) Massachusetts Delegate.
Right now Mitt Romney is polling ahead in North Carolina, but his margin is razor thin
"On Tuesday the Convention officially gets underway. Topping the list of opening day speakers, will be First Lady Michele Obama.
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