Hagan talks pipeline spills, early voting
Posted April 2, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan stopped by the legislative building in Raleigh Tuesday, giving @NCCapitol a chance to ask her about two items in the news unrelated to the ongoing veterans benefit backlog issue.
Asked about whether a recent pipeline spill in Arkansas caused her concern about approving the Keystone XL Pipeline from Canada, Hagan said she was concerned about the nation's aging energy infrastructure. She urged the president to approve the Keystone pipeline this year.
"We've got to address those issues, and we've got to have more oversight on our pipelines," Hagan said.
Looking ahead to the 2014 election, when Hagan will be running to keep her seat, she was asked whether she was concerned about legislation that would limit early voting hours.
"When I look at the people who actually took advantage of early voting, more than 50 percent of people voted early," Hagan said. "We didn't see the long lines that took place in Florida because our legislature had the foresight to be sure we made it so voting was easy and people could do it. I think it's an issue of fairness. ... When you look at the popularity of early voting in North Carolina, it certainly made a difference in our state."