The 2012 Democratic National Convention will crystallize the clear choice the American people have between President Obama’s vision for moving America forward toward an economy built to last and Mitt Romney’s plan to go back to the failed policies of the past. It’s the most open and accessible convention in history, with innovative, unprecedented livestream coverage and tools to help more Americans register to vote.
· The 2012 Democratic National Convention will crystalize the choice in this election between two very different paths for our country. It’ll tell the President’s life story of fighting for working and middle-class Americans and reflect on:
o What the President has done to create an economy that’s built to last and built from the middle class out, not the top down, like rescuing the auto industry, passing historic health reforms and creating tax credits that encourage business to hire unemployed veterans and wounded warriors.
o The progress we’ve made in restoring the promise of America – that if you work hard and play by the rules, you’ll have a fair shot and a fair shake to get ahead and create a better future for you and your family.
o The difference between President Obama’s economic vision and Mitt Romney’s, which would take us back to the same failed policies that crashed our economy and punished the middle class – like fewer rules for Wall Street, tax cuts for the wealthiest paid for by the middle class, and the outsourcing of jobs overseas.
· A Working Convention: This is a unique opportunity to organize and engage more Americans. North Carolina is a key battleground state, which the President won in 2008 – the first Democrat to win it since 1976. Republicans want to win it back, but we’re investing in North Carolina and holding our convention here gives us an advantage.
o In 2008, Democrats in Denver used the convention as an organizing opportunity, recruiting 25,000 volunteers in one night alone. We have the same opportunity to train organizers, recruit volunteers and build the organization for the final push.
o We’re revolutionizing political conventions by making Charlotte 2012 more open, accessible and relevant to the American people. It’ll engage every supporter to helping grow our organization at the grassroots level.
· Road to Charlotte: As President Obama stops in Iowa, Colorado, Ohio and Virginia on his way to the convention, he’s joined by American Heroes – people who showed grit and determination in overcoming obstacles, playing a role in our recovery and moving our country forward. Some Heroes will share their stories at the convention.
· Innovative, Unprecedented Livestream Coverage: To make this the most open and accessible convention in history, the entire convention will be livestreamed gavel-to-gavel on DemConvention.com and through the DNCC mobile app.
o Republicans didn’t do anything remotely comparable to our livestream. We’re including user-generated content and the ability to interact with people at the convention, instantly connecting viewers nationwide with delegates and speakers.
o Millions of Americans will be at more than 4,000 watch parties in neighborhoods across the country, and we’ll highlight some in Thursday night’s programming.
· Making Voter Registration Accessible: We’re continuing to make this convention the most open and accessible in history by creating a new open source application so people can readily find all the voter registration information they need to vote in November.
o Anyone with a website or blog can now easily help register people nationwide.
o People can customize an embeddable voter registration widget for their websites.
o Visitors to their sites will be able to easily fill out and print the appropriate voter registration form for their state, or register online if their state allows.