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Burr fires back at Democrats

Posted May 7, 2010 4:16 p.m. EDT
Updated May 7, 2010 5:12 p.m. EDT

— U.S. Sen. Richard Burr fired back Friday at both Democrats who are trying to unseat him, saying they are hiding from the failings of the Democratic administration of President Barack Obama.

North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall and former state Sen. Cal Cunningham advanced from Tuesday's primary to a June 22 runoff to determine the Democratic nominee in the Senate race.

Both Marshall and Cunningham have criticized Burr in television ads, saying he has voted for legislation that sends manufacturing jobs overseas and that he didn't stand up for North Carolina residents in the health care reform debate.

"They're running against me because they can't run with the current administration," Burr said Friday during an appearance in Raleigh. "They can't support the increase in spending, the debt that's been incurred, the policies in health care and now the financial services. So, they're making this a character assassination on me. I've been running on my record for 16 years."

Burr said he has supported trade policies that he felt were fair and opened new markets to U.S. goods.

He already has accepted invitations to debate the eventual Democratic nominee once in June and at least once October.