Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers defended President Barack Obama and talked up Charlotte during an interview with CNN's Soledad O'Brien on her show Monday morning.
When asked about whether the country is better off now than four years ago, Rogers first talked about how energy efficiency has improved over Obama's term and how natural gas has emerged as a low-cost energy source.
When pressed about the economy, Rogers said Obama started in a "deep hole" that he's worked out of.
"The more relevant question is, are we on the right trend?" Rogers said. "Are we moving in the right direction?"
O'Brien also asked Rogers about Charlotte and whether the city can handle the convention despite its relatively small size.
"Charlotte has a history of punching above its weight," Rogers said. "Charlotte has a history of re-inventing itself. Charlotte is a can-do city."
Rogers and the panel went on to talk briefly about carbon regulations and cap-and-trade. You can read a transcript of the interview here.