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Charlotte Hosts the Democratic National Convention — PICTURES

August 31, 2012

The Democratic National Convention is in full swing as the national political focus shifts from Tampa to Charlotte.

Check out pictures below that show how things have been progressing. 

Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, right, blows a kiss after reciting the Pledge of Allegiance with Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, right, reacts after reciting the Pledge of Allegiance with Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords recites the Pledge of Allegiance with Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

 

North Carolina delegates Denise Adams and Charles Evans dance on the floor as musician James Taylor sings "How Sweet It Is to Be Loved by You" during a sound check at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012.(AP Photo/David Goldman)

First lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden's wife, Jill, (right) help fill bags for a USO service project during the convention on Thursday.(AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Michelle Obama and Jill Biden speak to volunteers at a USO service project on Thursday.(AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

 

Jill Biden introduces Michelle Obama to the Democrats' Women's Caucus during the convention on Thursday.(AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Vice President Joe Biden during a sound check at the convention early on Thursday.(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Actress Eva Longoria (right) is interviewed by Mariana Atencio of Univision on the floor of the convention hall on Thursday.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

 

President Obama joins former President Clinton onstage Wednesday night.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Convention delegates respond to an address by Rep. Al Green of Txas on Wednesday.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

DAY 2: Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland previews the Democratic National Convention stage on Wednesday.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

 

DAY 2: First lady Michelle Obama speaks during the Democratic convention's African American Caucus meeting on Wednesday.(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

DAY 1: First lady Michelle Obama addresses the convention on Tuesday.(Liz Lynch)

DAY 1: The 3rd Grade Class of W.R. O'Dell Elementary School in Concord, North Carolina lead delegates in the Pledge of Allegiance at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC.(Ralf-Finn Hestoft)

 

DAY 1: Chris Jones of Charlotte poses in front of a campaign sign at the convention as his friend takes a picture on Tuesday.(AP Photo/David Goldman)

DAY 1: Karl Rove, former senior adviser and deputy chief of staff to President George W. Bush, is seen on the convention floor after a television interview.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

DAY 1: A young Texas "delegate" keeps herself entertained waiting for the start of the convention.(Ralf-Finn Hestoft)

 

DAY 1: Joseph Block, a 12-year-old page from White Plains, N.Y., wears a yarmulke at the convention on Tuesday..(AP Photo/David Goldman)

DAY 1: Workers clean the convention stage.(Ralf-Finn Hestoft)

DAY 1: First lady Michelle Obama's brother, Craig Robinson, and President Obama's sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng (right), look over the podium during a sound check at the convention.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

 

DAY 1: Massacusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren checks out the podium the convention.(Ralf-Finn Hestoft)

DAY 1: Associate producer Jesse Craine looks at the Democratic National Convention stage in Charlotte on Tuesday.(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

DAY 1: A Secret Service agent stands guard at the convention on Tuesday.(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

 

A Teleprompter displays a line for Pelosi at the convention.(AP Photo/David Goldman)

First Lady Michelle Obama checks out the stage at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC on Monday, September 3, 2012.(Ralf-Finn Hestoft)

Michelle Obama explores the stage at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC on Monday, September 3, 2012.(Ralf-Finn Hestoft)

 

First Lady Michelle Obama checks out the podium at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC on Monday, September 3, 2012.(Ralf-Finn Hestoft)

Michelle Obama tests the podium at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC on Monday, September 3, 2012.(Ralf-Finn Hestoft)

Michelle Obama wanders the stage at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC on Monday, September 3, 2012.(Ralf-Finn Hestoft)

 

Michelle Obama checks out the stage at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC on Monday, September 3, 2012.(Ralf-Finn Hestoft)

Final stage preparations are in full swing on Sept. 3 at the Time Warner Cable Arena for the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.(Ralf-Finn Hestoft)

Prepping begins for live camera shots from the floor of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.(Ralf-Finn Hestoft)

 

Sound checks from the podium at Time Warner Cable Arena are part of the final preparations on Sept. 3 for the Democratic National Convention.(Ralf-Finn Hestoft)

Final podium preparations for the Democratic National Convention on Sept. 3 at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C.(Ralf-Finn Hestoft)

Final checks at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte on Sept. 3 include testing the sound from the stage.(Ralf-Finn Hestoft)

 

Seats wait to be filled when the Democratic National Convention gets under way on Sept. 4 at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C.(Ralf-Finn Hestoft)

The Democratic National Convention stage, as seen on Sept. 3 during preparations, is about ready for the event's official start the next day.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro (left), the Democratic National Convention's keynote speaker, and his twin brother, Texas state Rep. Joaquin Castro, who is running for Congress, are interviewed on Sept. 3 at the Time Warner Cable Arena.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

 

Stage setup continues at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte on Sept. 2 for this week's Democratic National Convention.(Chet Susslin)

An Obama supporter stands in front of a sculpture commissioned by VisitMyrtleBeach.com on Sept. 2 in Charlotte.(Liz Lynch)

Stage setup at the Democratic convention in Charlotte on Sept. 2.(Chet Susslin)

 

Stagehands make final adjustments to the podium on the stage at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte on Sept. 2 in preparation for the Democratic National Convention.(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Steve Emerson cleans the teleprompter on stage for the Democratic National Convention on Sept. 2.(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Production crew run tests on stage for the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Cable Arena on Sept. 2.(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

 

Charlotte City Councilman David Howard and his 5-year-old son, Chase, pose for a picture at the Democratic National Convention site on Sept. 1.(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Banners hang on the side of the Time Warner Cable Arena.(Chet Susslin)

Lights are set up for the television crews that will cover the Democratic convention in the Time Warner Cable Arena.(Chet Susslin)

 

Workers cut colored filters for the lighting on the convention floor.(Chet Susslin)

Markers for each state's seating are ready and waiting for the delegates.(Chet Susslin)

The stage for the Democratic National Convention is a work in progress.(Chet Susslin)

 

Visitors take photos of the main stage during the public unveiling of Democratic National Convention's facilities at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte on Friday, Aug. 31, 2012.(AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

A worker crosses the main stage at Time Warner Cable Arena during the public unveiling of Democratic National Convention's facilities in Charlotte on Friday, Aug. 31, 2012.(AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Democratic National Convention CEO Steve Kerrigan talks with guests near the main stage during the public unveiling of the convention's facilities at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte on Friday, Aug. 31, 2012.(AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

 

Visitors walk past delegate seats during the public unveiling of the Democratic National Convention's facilities at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte on Friday, Aug. 31, 2012.(AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

A view from the base of the stairs leading to the stage at the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Cable Arena, taken on Aug. 29, 2012.(Courtesy of DemConvention.com)

On Aug. 29, workers prep one of the C-SPAN cameras that will broadcast the Democratic National Convention live from Charlotte.(Courtesy of DemConvention.com)

 

This is a view of the Democratic national Convention stage under construction on Aug. 29, as seen from behind a television camera at the Time Warner Cable Arena.(Courtesy of DemConvention.com)

Workers set up for a live TV feed from the Democratic National Convention floor at the Time Warner Cable Arena on Aug. 29, 2012.(Courtesy of DemConvention.com)

Behind the constructed stage in the Time Warner Cable Arena is this small speech rehearsal room, where the convention's speakers will prep before stepping under the spotlight.(Courtesy of DemConvention.com)

 

This a view of the inner workings below the speakers stage at the Time Warner Cable Arena, where the Democratic convention is being held Sept. 4-6.(Courtesy of DemConvention.com)

A view from behind the in-construction giant screens that will line the back of the speakers stage at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C.(Courtesy of DemConvention.com)

On Aug. 29, workers put the finishing touches on the giant screens lining the back of the speakers stage at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C.(Courtesy of DemConvention.com)

 

Prepping the floor around the podium where Barack Obama will accept the Democratic Party's nomination for president.(Courtesy of DemConvention.com)

The Time Warner Cable Arena at the beginning of August 2012, right before construction started for the Democratic National Convention.(Courtesy of DemConvention.com)

Two weeks later, the convention floor is partly ready.(Courtesy of DemConvention.com)

 

Just a portion of the nearly 20 miles of cable set to be installed at the Time Warner Cable Arena in preparation for the convention.(Courtesy of DemConvention.com)

A room holds multitudes of walkie talkies that will be used by security personnel during the Democratic convention.(Courtesy of DemConvention.com)

In mid-August, scaffolding waits to be erected around the stage for the Democratic convention.(Courtesy of DemConvention.com)

 

In mid-August, workers erect the stage for the Democratic convention.(Courtesy of DemConvention.com)

Scaffolding goes up on the side of the speakers stage at the Democratic convention.(Courtesy of DemConvention.com)

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