Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx predicted that President Barack Obama, who is set to accept the Democratic nomination for a second term in the city on Sept. 6, will carry North Carolina after narrowly winning the state in 2008.
“We understand this is a transitional period for our country, and we also want leadership that’s looking not just for the next year or the sound bite, but the leadership that’s looking over the next 20 years,” Foxx, a co-chairman of the convention’s host committee, said in an interview on Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt,” airing this weekend.
Obama carried North Carolina by about 14,000 votes in 2008. The state’s unemployment rate was 9.6 percent in July, higher than the national rate of 8.3 percent and the fourth worst among the states, according to federal data.
Foxx, 41, who was elected mayor in 2009, said Obama has brought high-speed rail into North Carolina, is helping with investment in Charlotte transit and has worked to support veterans.