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NCGOP uses presidential visit to slam Hagan

Posted January 15

Claude Pope, state Republican Party chairman

As North Carolina State University readied for a visit by President Barack Obama, state Republican Party Chairman Claude Pope used the opportunity to slam Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, a key target of national Republicans in the 2014 election.

Hagan will not attend the president's event at the university. Her spokeswoman, Sadie Weiner, said Hagan will remain in Washington, where the Senate is in session.

In addition to "working on cleaning up (North Carolina House Speaker) Thom Tillis' unemployment insurance mess," the Senate voted on a continuing resolution to prevent a government shutdown, Weiner said. Hagan also attended a closed-door Senate Armed Services Committee briefing on Iraq and Syria, she said.

The Senate is considering a bill that would extend unemployment benefits to people who have been out of work for months. North Carolinians who lost their extended federal benefits last July when the General Assembly changed the state unemployment insurance program would be eligible for the renewed benefits.

"In spite of all the political differences we may have, It is always an honor to have the president of the United States here in North Carolina," Pope said Wednesday morning at a news conference. "I hope that, during his short visit here, the president will get a chance to see some of the amazing successes that North Carolina is experiencing in spite of the failed policies of his administration."

The purpose for the president's visit is to announce a $140 million project technology institute to be headed by N.C. State, but Pope said the true motive for the visit is political.

"He's here for a very simple reason: to help bolster Hagan's flailing re-election campaign," Pope said.

Obama praised Hagan and her work in his opening remarks during a speech at North Carolina State University.

Pope noted that the president's popularity ratings are low in North Carolina and suggested that Hagan doesn't want to be seen with Obama.

"Kay Hagan can run away from the president, and that's her prerogative. But she can't hide from her own record," he said. "This election is about President Obama, whether she wants it to be or not."

Hagan is a key target for national Republican and third-party conservative groups seeking a GOP takeover of the Senate in the 2014 elections. More than $9 million has already been spent on ads, most of it by groups seeking to unseat the first-term Democrat.

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  • nailman5204 Jan 18, 2:55 p.m.

    Some folks need to back off the "Kool-Aid" you are so brainwashed you can't see reality.

  • kennedy63 Jan 17, 6:40 p.m.

    ""I hope that, during his short visit here, the president will get a chance to see some of the... View More

    — Posted by monami

    All of the problems you mentioned are left-overs from a prolonged failed Democrat run state

    — Posted by A person

    Really? Well, if you believe that, then look at what this GA and governor did to exacerbate... View More

    — Posted by monami

    The greater society ,its all well and good to help your fellow man but the greater society is not your concern ...its God first Then Family and then country . Help your self then help a neighbor or friend. But do not expect it from your gov. This is a free country . Founded upon the free principals of capitalism. Not socialism. The ones who need our help our the ones who are mentally challenged or who have true and real disabilities.Not for people who create their own misery to lay bare on the world.Thats what you people don't seem to understand.

  • ALECarolina Jan 17, 9:41 a.m.

    The GOP/Tea Party slams everything.....proof of their growing desperation and full-shred panic that they are facing extinction.

    They claim they have "the will of the majority voter", but their actions tell a vastly different story.

    If they indeed had majority support, there would be no need for inkblot gerrymandering or sham voter suppression laws......if most folks are voting for you, why stack the deck?

    The GOP/Tea Party are dinosaurs, and the Demographic Asteroid is coming soon.....maybe next election, or the next, or ten years from now....but it's on the way, and they'll be extinct, and they know it....as evidenced by their desperate tactics of keeping their minority in power.

    Their next step is to change the way America elects the president, they're already trying to nationalize their gerrymandered districts in the states to guarantee the minority victory, just as they did here in NC's elections......watch for it, it's all they have left.

  • polecat1 Jan 16, 9:01 p.m.

    I fully support Kay Hagan and Barack Obama and will continue to do so. Since 2010 the NCGOP has flaunted its true party platform, and it is ruining North Carolina.

  • monami Jan 16, 7:22 p.m.

    ""I hope that, during his short visit here, the president will get a chance to see some of the... View More

    — Posted by monami

    All of the problems you mentioned are left-overs from a prolonged failed Democrat run state

    — Posted by A person

    Really? Well, if you believe that, then look at what this GA and governor did to exacerbate every one of these issues. I do understand that blinders are worn by those who "hate libs," love guns, think that polluting our environment is a positive thing and providing programs for the less fortunate is throwing money at "lazy people who won't get a job." Some of our citizens obsess about paying taxes and worry only about their personal wealth, and have no concern for the greater society.

  • ILoveDowntownRaleigh Jan 16, 7:11 p.m.

    "As far as N.C.'s voting districts, it was never fair under the Democrats. They specifically wrote the voting districts to insure that only Democrats could win those precincts. One precinct ran from Charlotte along I-85 to east of Greensboro, across several counties. How is that representative government. I'd like to do away with the electoral college and go with the popular vote - so long as Democrats only get one vote per eligible voter." - bubbadukeforpresident

    Always sad to see a post like this. The best conclusion you can arrive at is: the Democrats dipped their toes in corruption yesterday, so it's great to see the Republicans to wallow in it today.

    As for your suggestion of eliminating the electoral college - great idea! That way, we could be guaranteed a Republican would never get anywhere near the White House again.

    Now, what's your idea for eliminating state-level gerrymandering?

  • ILoveDowntownRaleigh Jan 16, 7:00 p.m.

    My family supports Kay Hagan.

    — Posted by jackjones2nc

    My family also supports Kay Hagan.

  • TP4Real Jan 16, 5:38 p.m.

    Because it's the only thing they CAN do. They have absolutely nothing positive to present about their own party or any of their own candidates, so all that's left for them to do is complain about everyone else. Poor poor fools....

  • jackjones2nc Jan 16, 5:31 p.m.

    My family supports Kay Hagan.

  • BubbaDukeforPresident Jan 16, 3:59 p.m.

    Hagan should be slammed. She's a party-stepping cog in the nation's problems.

    As far as N.C.'s voting districts, it was never fair under the Democrats. They specifically wrote the voting districts to insure that only Democrats could win those precincts. One precinct ran from Charlotte along I-85 to east of Greensboro, across several counties. How is that representative government. I'd like to do away with the electoral college and go with the popular vote - so long as Democrats only get one vote per eligible voter.

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