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Tillis says White House breach a 'failure' of Obama administration

Posted October 1, 2014

State House Speaker Thom Tillis talks with supporters of his U.S. Senate campaign at Big Ed's restaurant in City Market on Oct. 1, 2014.

— North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis criticized the Obama administration Wednesday for its handling of security breaches at the White House, saying the incidents reflect a need to be more serious about national security. 

Tillis, a Republican, is running against first-term incumbent U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, a Democrat. He stopped at Big Ed's City Market Restaurant in Raleigh on Wednesday as he campaigned with U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican. As Paul talked to another group of voters, Tillis spoke with a group of young volunteers. 

"How on earth can you protect the nation if you can't protect the White House?" Tillis said to the group.

He was referring to a Sept. 19 incident in which a troubled Army veteran armed with a knife hopped the White House fence and entered the unlocked front door before being apprehended. It was the latest of a series of breaches in the president's security at the White House and elsewhere. 

Asked about his comments, Tillis told reporters the breaches spoke to something broader than just the President Barack Obama's personal safety. 

"We need to protect the president, whether I disagree with his policies or not. When you can't do something as basic as making sure that someone (doesn't walk) into the White House, it's just another example of a failure. And then you turn around and then really, I guess, gloss over that this is not the first time that it's happened," Tillis said. "It's just another example of failures in this administration. They need to start getting serious about homeland security and national security. They failed on that front, and Kay Hagan has rubber-stamped it every step of the way." 

Tillis and Hagan have traded barbs over national security over the past two weeks, focusing on what they see as each other's shortcomings with regard to the United States' response to the Islamic State.

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  • free2bme Oct 6, 2014

    So sick of Tillis pointing fingers but never owning up to his actions. Can't wait for Election Day so that I won't have to hear anymore of his lies.

  • Steven Cousler Oct 3, 2014
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    I have not voted a straight ticket in 30 years, but when local politicians spew forth nothing but party dogma - its easy. Democrat all the way - the republicans have no independent members with an original thought left.

  • Michael Hart Oct 3, 2014
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    well if Bushie2 would've finished that dang fence....

  • Michael Hart Oct 3, 2014
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    And this comment is exactly why we need a litmus test prior to voting

  • Sally Bethune Oct 3, 2014
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    I do not believe a word that comes out of Tom Tillis, Koch brother puppet's mouth.

  • flyfish42 Oct 3, 2014

    The breach is a failure of the Secret Service, not Obama. Tillis is a joke.

  • Chad Burnham Oct 3, 2014
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    Very well said sinenomine,

  • Smilester Oct 3, 2014

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    If you really thought our Healthcare system was the best in the world prior to Obamacare you have not done your homework. I still think our Doctors are top notch but the whole Healthcare system in general was incredibly bad. Medicine here is way over-priced mainly due to insurance costs being too high. Maybe if NC would have embraced Obamacare like the states that did we would have seen the benefits they are seeing in terms of healthcare costs. Unfortunately our Governor & Thom Tillis were too busy playing politics with President Obama to worry about reducing Healthcare costs for the citizens of our state.
    http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/obamacare-ties-mitch-mcconnell-knots

  • Terry Lightfoot Oct 3, 2014
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    quote=14037761]Post by 73ncsu74[/quote]Right....and 73NCSU...Big mighty Tommy Tillis WILL have control over everything? Wake up, he's only a cog in the machine political, it's laughable that you think Tillis will fix Redskins trademark, Immigration, Healthcare, Secret Service, national Security, ISIS, Ebola, Iran nukes, Assad, Ukraine, Putin, etc. etc. Wow - didn't know that Tillis was superman in his spare time.

  • Terry Lightfoot Oct 3, 2014
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    god...is everything Obama's fault?? Tillis is DESPERATE to close the gap with Hagan with these wild a@@ claims and his latest commercial that basically says....Danger, the ISIS threat is Kay Hagan's fault!! This is going to backfire on him.

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