Wisconsin's Democrats ready for DNC's first big night in Charlotte

While candidates on both sides of the Presidential race are back on the campaign trail Tuesday, Democrats kick off their national convention with Wisconsin well-represented.

Click on each photo for more on this story, and click here for a video version of the story from TODAY'S TMJ4's Charles Benson reporting from Charlotte, N.C.

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  • CHARLOTTE, N.C. - While candidates on both sides of the Presidential race are back on the campaign trail Tuesday, Democrats kick off their national convention with Wisconsin well-represented.

    First lady Michelle Obama was to be Tuesday night's keynote speaker.

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  • Preceding the President on Thursday is a Democratic Senate candidate from Wisconsin.

    "I think too often the rules are being written to advantage the very most wealthy, powerful, connected special interests, and that's wrong. The working middle class families of Wisconsin need a fighter and a champion, and and that's what I have always done," said current Madison Democratic Representative Tammy Baldwin to TODAY'S TMJ4's Charles Benson.

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  • Democrats seemingly could not wait to see Michelle Obama's husband, President Barack Obama, in North Carolina - even if it was his image sculpted in sand.

    "I don't care how hot it is, I'm here for Obama," said one delegate to TODAY'S TMJ4's Charles Benson.

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  • One hot-button issue over Labor Day was the economy.

    Unemployment has been high in recent months, while consumer confidence has sunk. Those two statistics could spell trouble for any sitting president.

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  • "Unemployment is a bit trickier," said Kevin Kopplin, who was active in the Wisconsin recall movement during 2011.

    Erin Sievert is a mother of two in Dane County.

    Both Democrats believe the President is on the right track.

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  • "When you look at the actual job numbers, we've been creating them for over two solid years," said Kopplin.

    "It really has turned around, but not as fast as anyone hoped," Sievert told Benson.

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  • Though Mr. Obama was noticeably absent during the collective bargaining battles and recall elections, unions have still backed the President, and they believe he has their back.

    Former Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold co-chairs Mr. Obama's re-election team.

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  • He doesn't see much hope or change on jobs or deficits if Republicans and Democrats remain divided.

    "We need both parties to participate in making the agreements to move forward. The President can't actually do it on his own.

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  • First lady Michelle Obama has already arrived in Charlotte and is preparing for her speech on Tuesday night. Milwaukee Congresswoman Gwen Moore was also to speak Tuesday.

    TODAY'S TMJ4's Charles Benson has reported from both major political conventions. He will offer more reports from Charlotte throughout the week.

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