Democrats are beginning to gather in Charlotte for the Democratic National Convention, which gets underway Tuesday. President Obama is currently on the road, continuing a campaign tour which will eventually take him to the convention.

FOX News Radio's Rich Johnson reports from Charlotte, North Carolina:

As the crews check the sound and rig the lights, the Democratic party's top people like David Axelrod are contrasting the Republicans' gathering.

(Axelrod) "We don't have the reinvention convention."

Or, like Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaragosa, looking to November.

(Villaragosa) "We've got our work cut out for us. This is gonna be a very close election."

Both men acknowledge the task ahead this week is big challenge: Convince voters to stick with President Obama rather than gamble on a new direction - even though most people don't like the current direction.

In Charlotte, Rich Johnson, FOX News Radio.

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