By Justin Sink - 10/25/12 01:05 PM EDT
President Obama narrowly won the state in 2008, but recent polling has suggested that Romney now holds a slight but steady advantage in the state. The president's decision not to visit North Carolina during his swing-state campaign tour this week has prompted speculation that the Obama campaign is no longer focused on retaining the state's 15 electoral votes.
"We don't agree," Wasserman Schultz told CNN. "We know, particularly in North Carolina — remember, our convention was in Charlotte, N.C. — we planted a flag there and have had a really strong organization, ground game, that we're executing, because early voting has begun there. And we were there from the beginning of the 2008 campaign and have never left."
Wasserman Schultz called the video "indefensible" and said Moran's son, Patrick, was right to resign.
But the DNC chairwoman quickly pivoted to attack Republicans.
"Look, the difference here is that when something like that happens, on our side, first of all, that's one person, and he was quickly taken out of the campaign and we stressed our commitment to making sure that there is no tolerance for voter fraud. But let's look at the Republican Party," Wasserman Schultz said. "In three states, the Republicans have gotten caught paying Nathan Sproul's firm for voter registration fraud. My state and Virginia and one other state where the Republicans paid a firm that was caught deliberately, fraudulently registering voters, tossing out some registrations that were Democratic voter registrations. And so the deep-seated, widespread voter fraud that the Republicans are seen to have been continuing to contract this firm for, that's what's very disturbing."
The Florida lawmaker went on to say that incidents should be dealt with as Moran's was, because "there's zero tolerance for voter fraud."
"That's the bottom line," Wasserman Schultz added.