Wisconsin Democrats prep for DNC
Charles Benson and The WTMJ News Team
CHARLOTTE - Wisconsin is one of eight battleground or toss up states.
So why isn't President Barack Obama spending more time on the political battlefield in the Badger State?
Obama has been to neighboring Iowa seven times this year, but his only visit to Wisconsin was back in February.
"He's got a busy day job, and obviously a country to cross, so it's not a struggle," Wisconsin Democratic Party Chairman Mike Tate says.
Wisconsin Democrats at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte expect to see a lot of the President here and back in Wisconsin before the election. The Obama-Biden ticket easily won in Wisconsin four years ago by double digits, but since then Republicans have been a roll in Wisconsin.
"I'm not feeding into that," DNC delegate Michelle Bryant says about hopes the President comes to Wisconsin.
This is Bryant's second national convention and she's confident the Obama team has been working in the state for months. The Milwaukee Democrat was a part of history four years ago when Barack Obama became the first African American president on a message of hope and change.
"In 2008, it was we just need a change," Bryant says. "Now, we need people to understand change has occurred even thought you don't always see the direct impact it certainly has happened."
President Obama captured 66% of the youth vote in 2008 and Wisconsin ranked seventh in the nation in voter turnout for 18 to 29 year olds.
Will they be there this time around? Several college students from Wisconsin are here to help make that happen.
"I'm seeing pretty much the same excitement across the board," DNC Delegate Zach Bowman says.