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In 2012, the Democrats' national convention
will be held in [[North Carolina]], from Tuesday, September 3, to Friday, September 6. Originally Democrats hoped to win North Carolina and thus chose it as the location for its convention in order to boost its chances, but Republicans seem likely to carry this state.
<small>''Main article: [[2008 Democratic National Convention]]''</small>
The 2008 convention was held at [[Invesco Field]] in Denver [[Colorado]]. Denver officials had constructed a secret jail to house those that would misbehave in the Mile High City when the Democrats attend their convention. The makeshift holding center, dubbed "Gitmo on the Platte" by activists, contains barbed wire fencing and signs warning of stun gun use. The Steele Street warehouse was designed to process 60 arrestees per hour. <ref>[http://www.9news.com/news/article.aspx?storyid=97741&catid=188 City defends 'secret jail' built for DNC] 9News.com</ref>
Ingrid Mattson, president of the Islamic Society of North America, spoke at a prayer service at the convention. Hidden from the public because nobody debated it at the time, the group has ties to funding [[Hamas]] terrorists and the facts were well known July 2008. Mattson's group says it does not condone terrorism. The Holy Land Foundation and five of its former leaders were convicted of funneling millions of dollars to Hamas for which the ISNA funded and supported. <ref>[
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/01/17/feds-say-obama-prayer-leader-group-linked-hamas/ Feds Say Obama Prayer Leader Is From Group Linked to Hamas] Fox News, January 17, 2009</ref>
=== Protest ===
American Right to Life Action, an anti-abortion group, claims to have displayed the largest ever protest sign in history, 530 feet tall and 666 feet wide. The sign says "Destroys uNborn Children
" [sic], with the words appearing one atop each other to also form the acronym "DNC." <ref>[http://rawstory.com/news/2008/Right_to_Life_group_claims_to_0826.html Right to Life group claims its DNC sign is Guinness record] The Raw Story, August 26, 2008</ref> According to a release from the group, "thousands of DNC delegates and journalists can look out their hotel windows to the west to see the sign." "The tiniest boys and girls should be loved and protected, but as nominating [[Barack Obama]] emphasizes, the [[DNC]] even supports killing kids in the womb old enough to know their mother's voice, sleep and dream, suck their thumbs, and play with their toes." The [[Guinness Book of World Records]] assigned American Right To Life an official world record attempt number: 228132.
=== Stats ===
An unusual phenomenon had recently appeared on Craigslist's Denver Web site. Sex-wanted ads spiked 80% the week which happens to coincide with the Democratic National Convention. Tens of thousands of people had arrived for the convention. Those convention days showed the week-over-week jump in sex ads. Monday increased 77 percent over the average of earlier in the month; Tuesday increased 69 percent; Wednesday's increase was 74 percent. <ref>[http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-10028213-38.html Sex ads on Denver Craigslist spike with Democrats' arrival] CNET News, August 28, 2008</ref>