CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Although there were lots of people selling political buttons, bumper stickers and t-shirts at the Republican convention in Tampa, the Democratic National Convention has brought out many more entrepreneurs.
The sidewalks around the Time Warner Cable Arena are lined with hawkers selling caps, Obama hand puppets, buttons -- even baby clothing with sayings like "I will not be pushed around" stitched on the front.
The Democratic convention has also attracted another sort of hawker -- those selling Christian salvation. A lot of preachers have taken to the sidewalks with megaphones to preach against abortion and sodomy.
Many of the preachers were antagonistic, inviting arguments and shouting matches, and had no trouble finding people to oblige them.
Two young women had a more creative tactic -- they stopped in front of one preacher and made out for a few minutes.
Joe Tarr is in Charlotte with reporters from WORT 89.9 FM covering the Democratic National Convention, following their reporting on the Republican National Convention in Tampa.