Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) - For just a couple of hours on Wednesday morning, the center of gravity in Democratic politics was a steamy Marriott parking lot in New South suburbia, many miles from the security-enclosed commotion of the Democratic National Convention in uptown Charlotte.
And there were muffins.
(CNN) - President Barack Obama watched the first lady's speech at Charlotte's Democratic National Convention on television with daughters, Malia and Sasha, in the Treaty Room of the White House Tuesday.
Michelle Obama made a personal case for her husband's second term saying the president, "knows the American Dream because he's lived it."
The White House released an official photograph of the president and his daughters.
An Obama campaign official said Obama had dinner with his daughters, where they talked about their first day of school, before watching the speech together.
Earlier in the day, Obama campaigned in Virginia.
Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) - A Democratic National Convention vital to President Barack Obama's re-election bid opened Tuesday with the more than 5,500 delegates adopting a party platform that emphasizes middle-class opportunity while differing sharply on key issues with the Republican version endorsed at last week's GOP convention.
Facing a tight race in November and Republican attacks that they have made things worse while in power, Democratic organizers want their three-day convention to emphasize the tough decisions Obama has made and the additional steps needed to bolster the middle class.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Charlotte, North Carolina, also known as the "Queen City," is expected to reap the economic benefits for hosting the Democratic National Convention.
But how much?FULL STORY
Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) - Officials with the Democratic National Convention said Tuesday that they will have a contingency plan ready in case storms interrupt their plans to hold Thursday evening's convention activities outside.
But "we are rain or shine going forward," said a senior Obama campaign official who spoke Tuesday with CNN reporters covering the convention.
Greenville, North Carolina (CNN) – At a Labor Day rally, Republican vice presidential hopeful Rep. Paul Ryan raised the question 'are you better off' and compared President Barack Obama to one-term President Jimmy Carter.
"You see the president has no record to run on. In fact, every president since the Great Depression who asked Americans to send them into a second term could say that you are better off today than you were four years ago, except for Jimmy Carter and for President Barack Obama," said Ryan.
(CNN) - CNN Chief National Correspondent John King explains the state of the presidential race in North Carolina ahead of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.
Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden led an effort on Monday to sharpen the message of Democrats on the eve of their party convention after other senior members struggled to formulate a definitive answer to the question of whether voters should feel better off since President Barack Obama took office.
Biden told a Labor Day campaign rally in Detroit that the country was indeed doing better than when Republicans led by George W. Bush left power in 2009.FULL STORY
Greenville, North Carolina (CNN) – Paul Ryan, the Republican vice presidential nominee, will put the question that Democrats struggled to answer this weekend at the heart of his campaign message Monday: Are you better off than you were four years ago?
While nothing new for the Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan campaign, that question gained renewed attention Sunday after prominent surrogates for President Barack Obama couldn't give a definitive "yes" answer in various television appearances. On Monday Democrats seemed more certain, though still attempted to balance touting improving economic data with the tough realities that many Americans still face.
Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) – As the Democratic National Convention gets underway in Charlotte, a new poll indicates Mitt Romney has a slight advantage in this battleground state.
According to an Elon University/Charlotte Observer/Raleigh News & Observer survey released Monday, the Republican presidential nominee holds a 47%-43% advantage over President Barack Obama among likely voters in North Carolina. The GOP challenger's four point margin over Obama is within the poll's sampling error. The survey was conducted August 25-30, just before and during Republican Convention in Tampa, Florida.