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Shorter in Charlotte: Dems announce convention plan

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Democratic National Committee said Tuesday that President Barack Obama will wrap up the party's national convention in Charlotte this September by accepting the party's nomination before a crowd of thousands in Bank of America Stadium - home to the Carolina Panthers.

The Democrats also said the convention will be a day shorter this time around. It will be held over three days instead of four.

Scheduled for the week of September 3, Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz said Labor Day will instead be designated as a day to celebrate the Carolinas, Virginia, and the South at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

"We wanted to find a way to truly make this convention different than any other in history. We want this convention to be about more than just the pageantry and speeches you see on television. This is about engaging Americans in a meaningful way," said Schultz in a statement.

The Republicans will hold their convention the week of August 27 in Tampa.

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