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Hagan reflects on Senate win, looks to Washington

Posted November 5, 2008

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— After a Senate race that took a negative turn in its last week, U.S. Sen.-elect Kay Hagan said she is looking forward to “working closely” with opponent U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole.

Hagan described the congratulatory call she received from Dole late Tuesday as “gracious.”

“She said she would certainly help me in this transition period and I said, ‘I certainly look forward to that,’” Hagan said.

Dole is the first woman to hold a U.S. Senate seat in North Carolina. Hagan has become the first Democrat to hold the seat since Sen. Jesse Helms took it for the GOP in 1972.

The bitter race heated up in the final days leading up to the election when Dole debuted an ad questioning why Hagan went to a fund-raiser at the home of a Boston man who advises the Godless Americans Political Action Committee, an atheist advocacy group.

In response, Hagan rolled out a television ad in which she told voters "I believe in God" and cited the Bible's Ninth Commandment against bearing false witness to decry her rival's tactics.

“Nobody wants their character attacked. Nobody wants personal attacks against them. Certainly that shouldn’t be in the political fray that goes on, and I think the people of North Carolina have spoken in volumes,” Hagan said Wednesday.

Hagan said she felt Dole got in the way of the change that was sweeping the country.

“People are demanding change and they want it to start right now. We’ve had eight years and so many people … losing their jobs, their incomes have gone down, houses are being foreclosed on. People are hurting,” Hagan said.

Hagan described Dole as “ineffective.”

“I couldn’t tell you what she had done for North Carolina. That’s why I got into this race. Those are the issues I campaigned on – the issues I didn’t think she was working on for working families in North Carolina. And that’s why we won,” Hagan said.

Hagan said she is putting together her legislative team. Sen. Richard Burr has offered to help Hagan make the transition to Washington. The Senator-elect will travel there later this month for an orientation for new senators.


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  • newyork Nov 6, 2008

    Kay Hagan will never compare to Dole as a senator or as a woman. She can dish it out but she can't take it. I am so disgusted with the turn this state beyond belief right now.

  • SeaSoldier Nov 6, 2008

    I'm sure she will be paying back all those liberal I.O.U.'s instead of doing what is right for this country.
    Country First

  • ranquick Nov 6, 2008

    I wonder where all that money REALLY came from in the DNC to help NC ? Think hard and long about it!

  • DrJ Nov 6, 2008

    Arrogant, to say the least.

  • fakewralemail Nov 6, 2008

    Democrats are pathetic. Like I said, here in NC they have very long and tedious list of corruption...guilty verdicts galore, prison sentences...McCrory, a fine man, lost in the same area where Jim Black is from. Do people not remember where Black is at this very moment??? Prison!!

  • ratherbnnc Nov 6, 2008

    I agree, Dole is a good person and we lost a good one. Hagan won this thanks to the $15M pumped into the state by the national DNC and the DNC spin machine.

    Hagan is another John Edwards - egotistical and self serving.

    Dole lost because she did absolutely nothing!

  • Snakebite Survivor Nov 6, 2008

    Dole was doing OK and the race was close until that darn "godless" ad. You're in trouble when the news story becomes the sleaziness of your campaign, rather than its content (I blame Palin for dragging McCain into the same trap). Dole's ad made national news: my sister-in-law called from Colorado to kid us about it.

    And then Dole doubled down and insisted that the ad was correct. Maybe so (though the atheist connection was pretty tenuous), but it's tough to make money-source accusations stick, unless your opponent is getting money from NAMBLA or Al-Qaeda.

    And the worst was that final voice-over ("There is no god"). Talk about a slow pitch over the plate! Sunday School teacher Hagan knocked that pitch (and Dole) out of the park.

  • jgriffith3792 Nov 5, 2008

    I agree, Dole is a good person and we lost a good one. Hagan won this thanks to the $15M pumped into the state by the national DNC and the DNC spin machine.

    Hagan is another John Edwards - egotistical and self serving.

  • beargirl Nov 5, 2008

    If Dole had spoken as sincerely as her concession speach last night during her campaign she'd be our Senator. A pity the Republican machine chose the ruthless path for their ads. After listening to Kay Hagan acceptance speech, I can't imagine the cringe effect her voice and attitude will have in the US Senate. She's embarassing to our state.

  • radixlecti Nov 5, 2008

    "Elizabeth Dole is a first class lady...NC's lost one of the finest to represent us."

    Just say no to drugs......