Hagan goes on offense in advance of debate

Posted September 3, 2014

This is an image from one of Kay Hagan "Tell Thom" ads.

— U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan launched a series of campaign ads Wednesday morning that feature teachers and students criticizing state House Speaker Thom Tillis for his work at the General Assembly – hours before the pair are scheduled to face off in the first of two scheduled debates.

Tillis, a Republican, aims to unseat the first-term Democrat. The pair are running neck and neck in the polls. Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis, 2014 U.S. Senate race Hagan, Tillis prepare for face-to-face showdown

The ads are "part of a six-figure buy" that will run across the state, according to Hagan's campaign. 

Much as Tillis has aimed to tie Hagan to a Congress and president that have flagged in popularity, Hagan's ads seek to tie Tillis to a General Assembly in Raleigh that has been a focus for controversy and has proved unpopular. 

The four ads the campaign publicized Wednesday all focus on cuts to education spending made by legislative Republicans over the past four years, including paring back textbook funding and cuts to teaching assistants.

Later in the day, Tillis' campaign responded to the ad. 

"Kay Hagan is hitting the panic button and running a negative campaign because she can’t defend her record of voting with Obama’s failed liberal agenda 95 percent of the time," said Tillis spokesman Daniel Keylin. "The only thing she can campaign on are shameful distortions and false attacks already debunked by fact checkers. Thom Tillis cut taxes and created opportunities for every North Carolinian taxpayer, which has helped middle-class families struggling under the Obama-Hagan economy get back on their feet."


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  • Sep 3, 2014

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    What about a "liberal media" don't you understand???? If you call it that, then why oh why would you expect to be spoon fed right wing drivel? Too funny.

  • findoutthefacts Sep 3, 2014

    Funny how WRAL words articles for their liberal agenda. Hagan "goes on offense" but you would have said Tillis is attacking with negative ads.

    What a sorry "news" source WRAL has become!

  • Fanny Chmelar Sep 3, 2014
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    Tillis' track record, starting with that unconstitutional marriage amendment, speaks quite loudly that he is sorely unsuited to lead. Policies under his watch have damaged this state and people can see it. He is bad for NC and would be even worse to represent us on the national stage.

  • 42_wral_mods_suck_i'm_gone Sep 3, 2014

    The commercials are spot on. All Hagan has to do is hammer Tillis on all the bad thing he did with the legislature.

    FYI MEP WRALhad Thom's commercials link to in another story.

  • TheCape Sep 3, 2014

    Whether you want to vote for Haugh or not he should be allowed on the debate. By allowing other party candidates to debate you are offering more solutions and options to this dual party stuff we have now.

    NC Association of Broadcasters phone number: (919) 821-7300

    Call them and tell them you want to see Haugh as well or you will not watch. The only way to change this broken two party system is to do something about it.