After the Republicans took center stage in Tampa last week, it's the Democrats' turn now. Their convention kicks off tomorrow in North Carolina.
As things got underway Monday, Florida's Democratic delegates seemed to be having a blast in Charlotte.
"It's a wonderful host and we've had a great time the first two days of this convention," offered Lisa King of Jacksonville.
'Queen Charlotte,' the city's ambassador, welcomed Florida Democrats to an exclusive VIP party. It's one of those private parties you rarely see on TV. We got in because some of the delegates wanted to show us just how excited they are.
"Imagine what President Obama and Michelle Obama are going to do. See those goosebumps?" offered Kat Gordon of Orlando, referencing her arm. "That's exactly what's going to happen."
Getting picked to serve as a delegate is not easy. Most have to run for the position at local party meetings in their congressional districts. The competition is fierce.
"My particular congressional district had 70 people competing," explained Elena McCullough of Pasco County. "We ended up with five men and four women. I was blessed enough to be one of the five women."
Delegates like McCullough attend party meetings and give speeches to explain why they want to go to Charlotte and nominate the president.
"You just share your values, share what you have done," she continued.
Then the goal of the convention is to fire up those delegates so they'll fire up others when they head back home.
Florida's delegates say they want to show they are unified and energized. They know Florida is the ultra battleground state. They look forward to addressing the points Republicans pressed last week in Tampa
"We're all in this together, and we're moving in the right direction, so let's stay the course," insisted Clara Cook.
They're also buzzing about ways they can top Clint Eastwood.
"I'm sorry if we get Betty White," laughed Lisa King. "It's all good!"
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