RALEIGH — The presidential campaigns were making their voices heard in North Carolina Tuesday.
The Romney camp was criticizing the president's stance on taxes and small businesses and President Barack Obama's team was trying to drum up some excitement for the Democratic party's convention in Charlotte in September.
“I think most people would agree, the singular most important issue in this campaign is the economy,” said NC GOP spokesperson Kieran Shanahan.
Supporters of Mitt Romney's campaign were at the Republican headquarters in Raleigh Tuesday to speak out on what they call a lack of understanding by the president. They point to a statement made by the President over the weekend.
“If you've got a business- you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen,” said President Obama to a crowd in Virgina on Saturday
“I think it reflects both an insult to every small business person. But an ignorance on the part of our president,” said Shanahan.
The small business owners on hand say they had to reduce their workforce during the Obama administration and are scared to hire because of the mandates associated with the Affordable Care Act.
“We really do need to hire two people, but with the medical issue I'm afraid to. So I'll do the two people's jobs until the election, until we know what's going to be happening,” said small business owner Susan Hoffmeier.
Meanwhile, Obama supporters were encouraging people to get excited and involved in the Democratic National Convention set to take the stage in Charlotte later in the summer.
Charlotte mayor Anthony Foxx was in Raleigh Tuesday afternoon to announce a new initiative which will allow more North Carolinians to get a chance to see President Obama accept his party's nomination. The initiative is called 9-3-1 and is a chance for the campaign to grow its volunteers and North Carolinians to be part of the final night of the convention.
“And we are going to have an opportunity to witness history and all we have to do is go out and work for nine hours, three shifts and get one ticket to history,” said Foxx.
President Obama will accept his party's nomination on September 6 in Charlotte. Mitt Romney is expected to accept the Republican nomination August 30 in Tampa, Fla.