By Craig Boswell, FOX News
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Democrats, delegates and journalists pour into Charlotte for the Democratic National Convention. President Obama narrowly won North Carolina in 2008, and is looking to keep it in his column this time around.
The event kicks off just days after GOP Presidential nominee Mitt Romney addressed a truncated Republican convention -- shortened due to the approach of Hurricane Isaac.
During a campaign stop on Sunday, the President told a crowd in the swing state of Colorado that his policies will keep America moving forward.
"Despite all the challenges that we face in this new century, what they offered over those three days was an agenda that was better suited for the last century. It was a rerun," said Obama.
Romney and his running mate, however, maintain the President's policies have left the country worse than when he first took office -- something the President disagrees with.
"We know we're not going to be better off if we strip away protections to make sure you've got health acre when you get sick," said Obama.
Meanwhile, security teams are busy setting up a series of road blocks and fences around the city and some have already put those security measures to the test. Hundreds of protesters gathered Sunday for the "March on Wall Street South." The protest didn't slow down work inside the Time Warner Cable Arena however where crews are putting the final touches on the stage -- the home of the first two days of the convention.
The President and Vice President will accept their party's nomination on Thursday at the Bank of America Stadium.
Former President Bill Clinton will speak Wednesday night and places President Obama's name intro nomination.