HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii Democrats are in the "Queen City of the South" - Charlotte, North Carolina - to cheer on President Barack Obama and Congressional candidate, Tulsi Gabbard. She's preparing to give the most-watched speech of her life and, perhaps, the shortest.
On Monday, a delegation of more than three dozen Hawaii Democrats is, as Governor Neil Abercrombie put it, building "psychological momentum" for the final weeks of the campaign.
They came with a bit of aloha at a reception on night one of the DNC – handing out lei to attendees and plenty of shakas for the cameras. Some of the state's top Democrats are networking in North Carolina, including Senator Daniel Inouye, Governor Abercrombie, former Governor John Waihee, and state party chairman, Dante Carpenter.
"What's happening now is a lot of confidence-building," says the Governor. "It's been delegations meeting one another, talking about the coordinated campaigns, exchanging ideas, tips with one another."
And it will be Gabbard's introduction to the national scene. The congressional district two candidate will join House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi, and other women on stage Tuesday night. Gabbard is one of only two 'candidates' invited to speak.
"It'll be about between 1-2 minutes for each of us who will be presenting, of the nine," Gabbard tells Hawaii News Now. "And I'm not nervous yet, but I probably will be as I'm walking up the steps on the stage with a crowd of that size."
Gabbard will talk about our troops and military families - with a focus on women in uniform. Another woman to take the stage Tuesday - First Lady, Michelle Obama - who also had a run-through on Monday.
Throughout the week, Governor Abercrombie says Democrats will counter GOP claims that the President hasn't accomplished much. "We have every reason to say to the people of Hawaii and to the people of the nation, we've been concentrating on your welfare. The Republican party has been concentrating on trying to defeat Barack Obama."
In both the convention hall and the 70,000 seat stadium (where the Carolina Panthers play), Hawaii's delegation will be strategically placed - front and center. "I think, in both instances, Hawaii will be pretty easily spotted. Those aloha shirts, you know, stand out," laughs Governor Abercrombie.
The President will accept the nomination for re-election Thursday night. Tulsi Gabbard will speak to the national audience around 1:00pm - 2:00pm Tuesday, Hawaii time.