In her first stop outside the Washington, D.C. area, newly elected Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz spoke to a group in Raleigh about the road ahead to 2012 and the role that North Carolina will play.
It is incredibly important that “we do everything we can to put North Carolina in the ‘blue’ column again for Barack Obama,” said Wasserman Schultz who came to the state capitol to meet with local Democratic leaders and activists.
North Carolina is considered a “swing state.” In 2008, Barack Obama won the state by a close .3 percent.
“It’s very clear to Americans across the country that there are two directions we can go in,” she told the crowd, saying that we should “continue to go in the direction Barack Obama has been leading us — creating jobs, turning the economy around, making sure that we can spread prosperity for everyone and not focus all the pain of the budget cuts” on the middle class and the most vulnerable.
“North Carolina is the heart and soul of the reelection campaign of President Obama,” said Wasserman Schultz in an interview after the meeting. Holding next year’s Democratic Convention in Charlotte makes a strong statement that the South is in play, she said.
The Chairwoman said that besides creating jobs and spurring the state economy, the location of the convention sends strong signals to Southern voters. “It's gonna be a real shot in the arm for North Carolina,” she said in the interview.
Over 40 volunteers, local and state Democratic officials gathered in the North Carolina Organizing for American office on Wednesday to reach out to supporters of Obama’s 2008 campaign and encourage them to gear up for his reelection campaign.
Wasserman Schultz praised the volunteers for their grass roots efforts saying, “It is so incredibly important that we roll up our sleeves and do the work that you all are doing here."
She will attend similar gatherings all over the country.
Organizing for America is a project of the DNC formed after the election of President Obama in 2008. The national group helps to facilitate grassroots efforts to promote progressive community organizing.
Wasserman Schultz, who was elected chair earlier this month, previously served four terms as a Representative in Florida’s Fort Lauderdale area. She is the first female DNC Chair in 15 years.