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Nashville leaders join Gore, Judd at DNC

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A lot of big names from Nashville are in Charlotte this week, where the Democratic National Convention is taking place.

While Republican candidate Mitt Romney will likely carry Tennessee in November, state Democratic leaders said Tennessee still has a role to play on the national stage.

"Even though Tennessee is a Republican state, Mitt Romney couldn't win the Republican primary in Tennessee," said U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, D-5th District. "Rick Santorum carried Tennessee handily, so it's going to be very interesting. Both parties have a lot of work to do."

Among the top local leaders in Charlotte for the next few days are Mayor Karl Dean, several state lawmakers and even a few Metro council members.

Cooper said the convention and the Democrats' message will hopefully resonate with independent voters who could swing congressional seats at the state capitol.

"It's all about jobs in this weak economy. We want the economy to be stronger. The Nashville area is doing much better than the national average, so we should be proud of that. We need to lift the nation up though," Cooper said.

In fact, some Metro council members said even if President Barack Obama isn't reelected, he is still crucial to the success of the Democratic party in Tennessee.

"Obama is critical to our state. He's critical throughout the state. I believe we can take six seats in the House, and we can take three seats in the Senate. But that means Democrats have to come out and vote," said Councilman Jerry Maynard.

Tennessee's list of Democratic delegates certainly has some other famous names on it, most notably, former Vice President Al Gore and actress Ashley Judd.

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