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New TV Ad Highlights Tillis’ Working-Class Values


The Thom Tillis campaign today released a new television ad titled “Kitchen,” which focuses on Tillis’ working-class values.

The ad will be airing in the Asheville, Charlotte, Greensboro, Greenville, Raleigh-Durham, and Wilmington markets.

Tillis’ humble upbringing personifies the American Dream. He was raised in a working-class family with his parents and five siblings. His family lived on the economic bubble and moved from state to state depending on where his father could find jobs, living in a trailer park at one point.

Tillis got his first job as a paperboy and then worked as a short-order cook when he was 15. After graduating near the top of his high school class, Tillis couldn’t afford college, so he got a job as a warehouse records clerk.

The tremendous work ethic Tillis inherited from his parents enabled him to quickly rise up the ranks in the business world, eventually becoming a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers and IBM.

As Speaker of the North Carolina House, Tillis has expanded opportunities for working and middle-class families and small businesses through bipartisan pro-growth and job-creating policies.

“KITCHEN”

TILLIS: Tired of being disgusted by the news?

Washington has completely lost touch with working Americans.

The federal budget is a joke, and senators never pay the price.

I’m Thom Tillis. I came up in the real world.

I’ve been a paperboy, a short-order cook, a warehouse clerk, and eventually a partner at IBM.

The Senate could use more people who had to sweat for a living. And fewer of the politicians who made this mess.

I’m Thom Tillis. I approved this message. Let’s make this right.

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Hagan of 2008 Vs. Hagan of 2014


Kay Hagan has struggled mightily to defend her tenure in Washington rubber-stamping President Obama’s failed agenda 95 percent of the time and failing to introduce a single bill that has become law. Now, Hagan’s previous words—in addition to her failed record—are coming back to haunt her.

In an October 2008 interview with CBS News, Hagan laid out her case against her opponent Sen. Elizabeth Dole, casting her as ineffective and criticizing her for voting with the President 92 percent of the time.

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  • HAGAN: “The key is Liddy Dole brought this on herself. She’s been in office for one term, and she really hasn’t done anything. I go across this state from Murphy to Manteo, and people cannot tell me what she’s done….And she votes with Bush 92 percent of the time. And that’s not working for people in North Carolina.” (CBS News, 10/18/08)

The Washington Examiner recently reported that Hagan’s 2008 campaign rhetoric, when compared to her ineffective record in the Senate, is now putting her on the defensive:

  • “Some of the attack lines Sen. Kay Hagan is hearing this fall may sound familiar. She used them herself against her opponent six years ago. As she faces a tough re-election fight, the North Carolina Democrat also faces a role reversal: Like Sen. Elizabeth Dole, the Republican she defeated in 2008, Hagan is a first-term senator being criticized by an upstart state legislator as ‘ineffective.’”  (Rebecca Berg, “This senator is now facing the same attack lines she used in 2008,” Washington Examiner, 8/6/14)

Instead of demonstrating independence, Hagan has voted for President Obama’s liberal policies 95 percent of the time. 

After Hagan attacked Sen. Dole for voting with the President 92 percent of the time, Hagan went to Washington and immediately became a rubber-stamp for Obama’s failed agenda, including casting the deciding vote for ObamaCare, voting for the failed Stimulus, supporting the bailout of Wall Street banks, and raising taxes on middle-class families and small businesses.

And instead of producing results for North Carolina, Hagan has introduced ZERO bills that have been signed into law. 

While Hagan attacked Dole for being “ineffective,” Hagan herself is one of the most ineffective senators in North Carolina’s history. Her only notable accomplishment is giving President Obama the deciding vote he needed to pass ObamaCare.

Hagan’s failed record looks even more dreadful when compared to Tillis’ record of giving teachers historic pay raises, passing balanced budgets, controlling spending, and cutting government red-tape to help small businesses create jobs.

“Kay Hagan is a textbook example of a politician who says one thing to get elected, but then does the complete opposite once they’re in Washington,” said Tillis for U.S. Senate campaign manager Jordan Shaw. “For the last six years, Senator Hagan has been an ineffective, partisan rubber-stamp, voting for President Obama’s liberal agenda 95 percent of the time. While Thom Tillis has been working across the aisle to solve problems for North Carolina families, Hagan and Obama have been creating a mess in Washington, giving us higher healthcare premiums, record debt, higher taxes, and the biggest government ever.”

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Do-Nothing Kay Hagan Has Introduced ZERO Bills That Have Become Law


Kay Hagan has failed to sponsor a single bill that became law during her six years in the U.S. Senate.

Hagan’s distinction as one of North Carolina’s most ineffective senators ever is even more embarrassing considering that she has had a Democratic President and has been a member of a Democratic majority during her entire tenure in Washington.

By comparison, Sen. Richard Burr introduced five bills that became law during his first term in the U.S. Senate.

Over the last 40 years, Kay Hagan and John Edwards are the only two elected North Carolina Senators who have failed to introduce a bill that was signed into law.

In addition to Hagan’s historic ineffectiveness, she has also been a partisan rubber-stamp for President Obama and Harry Reid, casting the deciding vote for ObamaCare and supporting Obama’s liberal agenda 95 percent of the time.

“Kay Hagan is one of the most ineffective senators in North Carolina’s history, having failed to sponsor a single bill that became law during her six years in Washington,” said Tillis for U.S. Senate communications director Daniel Keylin. “Instead of working across the aisle to pass laws benefitting North Carolina families, Hagan has put her liberal special interest allies first, rubber-stamping President Obama’s failed partisan agenda 95 percent of the time. North Carolina deserves a problem solver like Thom Tillis who has proven his leadership by passing historic teacher pay raises, balancing budgets, and cutting wasteful spending.”

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So Far During The 113th Congress, Hagan Has Not Sponsored Any Bills That Have Become Public Law. (Library Of Congress, www.thomas.gov, Accessed 8/5/14)

During The 112th Congress, Hagan Did Not Sponsor Any Bills That Became Public Law. (Library Of Congress, www.thomas.gov)

During The 111th Congress, Hagan Did Not Sponsor Any Bills That Became Public Law. (Library Of Congress, www.thomas.gov)

 

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95 Days Until Election Day; Hagan Votes With Obama 95% Of The Time


Raleigh, N.C. - Today marks the 95th day until Election Day, serving as a reminder to North Carolinians that Kay Hagan has voted for President Obama’s failed partisan agenda 95 percent of the time during her tenure in Washington.

Although Hagan has rubber-stamped Obama’s policies and enthusiastically supported his re-election in 2012, she is now desperately attempting to distance herself from the unpopular President and gloss over her liberal voting record in a new television advertisement.

Ironically, Hagan criticized her opponent in 2008 for voting with the President 92 percent of the time, making the case that it “doesn’t work here in North Carolina.” Hagan’s campaign even went to the length of sending out a daily press release for 92 consecutive days before the election to highlight the 92 percent figure.

“Whether it was casting the deciding vote for ObamaCare, bailing out Wall Street, adding $7 trillion to the national debt, or opposing a balanced budget amendment, Kay Hagan has proven that she will always put Obama and the liberal special interests first,” said Tillis for U.S. Senate press secretary Meghan Burris. “Even Kay Hagan herself once acknowledged that voting with the President 95 percent of the time doesn’t work here in North Carolina. Thom is the only candidate who will work across party lines to repeal and replace ObamaCare, stop runaway spending, and get our nation’s economy back on track.” 

BACKGROUND: OBAMA’S RUBBER-STAMP KAY HAGAN

On Average, Hagan Has Voted With President Obama 95% Of The Time Since 2009.

  • In 2013, Hagan Voted With Obama 96% Of The Time. (CQ Voting Studies – Sen. Kay Hagan, CQ Roll Call)
  • In 2012, Hagan Voted With Obama 96% Of The Time. (CQ Voting Studies – Sen. Kay Hagan, CQ Roll Call)
  • In 2011, Hagan Voted With Obama 90% Of The Time. (CQ Voting Studies – Sen. Kay Hagan, CQ Roll Call)
  • In 2010, Hagan Voted With Obama 95% Of The Time. (CQ Voting Studies – Sen. Kay Hagan, CQ Roll Call)
  • In 2009, Hagan Voted With Obama 96% Of The Time. (CQ Voting Studies – Sen. Kay Hagan, CQ Roll Call)

In 2012, Hagan Endorsed President Obama’s Re-Election.” “I worry about and think about jobs, jobs, jobs, every day. And that’s exactly why we need President Obama in the White House for four more years.”  (“Sen. Kay Hagan: President Obama ‘Fully Invested’ In North Carolina,” ABC News, 9/5/12)

During The 2012 Campaign, Hagan Praised Obama’s Economic Policies And Criticized Mitt Romney During A Conference Call With The Obama Campaign’s Communications Director. “North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan plugged the president’s economic speech Friday, saying his proposals ‘are key to an economy built to last’… ‘We have got to invest in our best scientists, our best researchers, our best entrepreneurs, so they are the ones that can innovate right here in America,’ Hagan said in a teleconference arranged by the re-election campaign of President Barack Obama. She appeared with Brent Colburn, the Obama campaign’s communications director.” (Rob Christensen, “Hagan Praises Obama Plan, Criticizes Romney,” The News & Observer, 6/15/12)

On The Day Before The 2012 Election, Hagan Stumped For Obama In Raleigh. “This led the Obama campaign to quickly organize the rally in Raleigh, which also featured appearances by U.S. Senator Kay Hagan, Lt. Governor Walter Dalton and former Governor Jim Hunt.” (Brennan Mcgowan, “Clinton Rallies Support For Obama In Raleigh,” Elon Local News, 11/5/12)

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Hagan ’08 Release: Dole Votes With Bush 92% Of The Time


“It Is Time For Someone To Reach Across Party Lines and Finally Get Something Done In This Country. Voting 92 Percent Of Time With The President, Whether You Support Him Or Not, Doesn’t Work Here In North Carolina.” 
– Kay Hagan, 6/21/08
HYPOCRISY ALERT: The following is a press release Kay Hagan’s campaign sent out on August 4, 2008, just one of the countless examples of Hagan criticizing her opponent for being “ineffective” and “out of touch” after voting with the President 92 percent of the time. Hagan then went to Washington and proceeded to rubber-stamp President Obama’s partisan liberal agenda a staggering 95 percent of the time over the last six years. 
The astonishing double standard begs an awkward question: Does Kay Hagan still think that voting with the President 95 percent of the time ‘doesn’t work here in North Carolina?’
GREENSBORO, NC – Elizabeth Dole votes with President Bush 92% of the time, and today, 92 days before Election Day, the Hagan Campaign is holding a statewide canvass in communities from Asheville to Salisbury to Wilmington, highlighting Kay’s campaign to bring an effective voice to the U.S. Senate, replacing current Senator Elizabeth Dole.“With only three months to go until the election, we need to be doing all we can to help elect Kay Hagan and get rid of Elizabeth Dole, who only moved here to run, and hasn’t been here since she won,” said Coleen Curran of Charlotte. “While we’re paying around $4 per gallon for gas, she’s voting 92% of the time with President Bush, giving Big Oil and Gas billions in tax incentives, and allowing them to keep it. It’s unconscionable, and the least I can do is talk to my friends and family about Kay’s campaign.”

The Hagan Campaign today will also begin its “92 Days, 92 Ways” campaign, during which, everyday between now and Election Day, the campaign will highlight at least one way in which Elizabeth Dole is out of touch with North Carolinians and ineffective for the people she was elected to represent.

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Kay Hagan Silent On Special Prosecutor For IRS Scandal


Raleigh, N.C. - Since Thom Tillis called on the Obama Administration to appoint a special prosecutor to get to the bottom of the ongoing Internal Revenue Service scandal, Kay Hagan has been silent.

While the IRS has claimed it lost two years worth of Lois Lerner’s subpoenaed emails, IRS technology-information experts recently told Congress that Lerner’s hard drives were only scratched, meaning the emails could have been recovered before the hard drives were destroyed. The admission casts even more doubt over the IRS’ transparency and reinforces the glaring need for a special prosecutor.

When the IRS scandal first broke in May 2013, Kay Hagan released a statement in which she claimed she supported a “full investigation.”

  • HAGAN: “There should be a full investigation, and anyone and everyone who was aware of or involved in this needs to be held accountable.”  (Kay Hagan, Press Release, 5/13/13)

But over a year later, as even more questions are being raised over the IRS’s role in targeting groups for their political leanings, Kay Hagan has failed to keep her word and hold the Obama administration accountable.

“This is yet another example of Kay Hagan’s unwavering loyalty to President Obama, refusing to hold his administration accountable even when its complete lack of transparency is clear to all North Carolinians,” said Tillis for U.S. Senate communications director Daniel Keylin. “It’s time for Kay Hagan to stop providing political cover for President Obama and join Thom Tillis in calling for a special prosecutor to investigate the IRS scandal.”

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Hagan Runs Away From Her Record Of Rubber-Stamping Obama’s Liberal Agenda


Raleigh, N.C. - In a new television spot released today, Kay Hagan once again attempts to deceive North Carolinians by claiming she is a “moderate” despite the fact she has voted for President Obama’s failed liberal agenda 95 percent of the time over the last six years.

What Hagan’s ad fails to mention is that she has been a partisan rubberstamp for President Obama and Harry Reid, casting the deciding vote for ObamaCare, piling on $7 trillion to the national debt, giving handouts to big labor unions, and supporting Obama’s tax hikes on middle-class families and small businesses.

“A television ad airing three months before Kay Hagan faces voters isn’t going to change the fact that she has rubberstamped Obama’s partisan liberal agenda 95 percent of the time over the last six years,” said Tillis for U.S. Senate communications director Daniel Keylin. “Hagan had her chance in Washington, but failed the people of North Carolina. Now she’s being forced to run away from her record of casting the deciding vote for Obamacare, opposing a balanced budget amendment, adding $7 trillion to our national debt and constantly putting the big unions and liberal special interests ahead of North Carolina middle-class families. Thom is the only candidate in this race who has proven he’s able and willing to stand up to President Obama and work across the aisle to end the gridlock in Washington and address the major challenges facing our nation at home and abroad.”

BACKGROUND: KAY HAGAN IS OBAMA’S RUBBERSTAMP

A “Moderate” Doesn’t Vote For Obama’s Liberal Agenda 95 Percent Of The Time

  • Hagan Voted With Obama 96% Of The Time In 2013.
  • Hagan Voted With Obama 96% Of The Time In 2012
  • Hagan Voted With Obama 90% Of The Time In 2011.
  • Hagan Voted With Obama 95% Of The Time In 2010.
  • Hagan Voted With Obama 96% Of The Time In 2009.

(Source: Congressional Quarterly)

A “Moderate” Doesn’t Cast The Deciding Vote For Obamacare And Repeat The Lie Of The Year 25 Times

Hagan Cast The Deciding Vote For Obamacare.  (H.R. 3590, Roll Call Vote #396, Adopted 60-39: R 0-39; D 60-0, 12/24/09, Hagan Voted Yea)

Hagan Has Doubled-Down On Her Support For Obamacare, Saying She Would Vote For It Again. “But when pressed about whether she would back the health care law if she had another chance, Hagan said: ‘Yeah, I would vote for it again.’”  (Manu Raju, “North Carolina’s choice,” Politico, 12/12/13)

Hagan Falsely Promised That “You Can Keep Your Plan If You Like It” At Least 25 Times. (Full List)

Hagan Has Refused To Apologize For Lying To North Carolinians.  “State Republicans say Senator Hagan should be held accountable for promises she made about the Affordable Care Act…Tonight, she is issuing no apologies.”  (WTVD, 11/8/13)

A “Moderate” Doesn’t Rubberstamp Obama’s Out-Of-Control Spending And Record Debt

The Total Public Debt Has Increased By Nearly $7 Trillion Since Kay Hagan Took Office In January 2009. (Treasury Department’s Debt To The Penny, Accessed 7/24/14)

Hagan Voted Twice Against Prohibiting Earmarks For “Wasteful And Parochial Pork Projects. “To prohibit funding for congressional earmarks for wasteful and parochial pork projects.” (S. Amdt. 610 To H.R. 1105, Roll Call Vote #79: Rejected 34-61, 3/4/09, Hagan Voted Nay; S. Amdt. 683 To S. Amdt. 684 To H.R. 146, Roll Call Vote #105: Motion To Table Agreed To 70-27, 3/19/09, Hagan Voted Yea)

Hagan Has Voted To Raise The Debt Ceiling Seven Times.

In February 2009, Hagan Voted For The Stimulus, Which Included Increasing The National Debt To $12.104 Trillion. (H.R. 1, Roll Call Vote #64: Passed 60-38, 2/13/09, Hagan Voted Yea)

In December 2009, Hagan Voted To Raise The National Debt Ceiling To $12.394 Trillion. (H.R. 4314, Roll Call Vote #397: Passed 60-39, 12/24/09, Hagan Voted Yea)

In January 2010, Hagan Voted To Raise The National Debt Ceiling To $14.294 Trillion. (H.J. Res. 45, Roll Call Vote  #14: Passed 60-39, 1/28/10, Hagan Voted Yea)

In August 2011, Hagan Voted To Raise The National Debt Ceiling In Increments Up To $16.394 Trillion And Then Allow It To Increase. (S. 364, Roll Call Vote #123: Motion Agreed To 74-26, 8/2/11, Hagan Voted Yea)

In January 2013, Hagan Voted To Suspend The Debt Limit At $16.394 Trillion Through May 18, 2013. (H.R. 325, Roll Call Vote #11: Bill Passed 64-34, 1/31/13, Hagan Voted Yea)

In October 2013, Hagan Voted To Suspend The Debt Limit Until February 7, 2014. “An act making continuing appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014, and for other purposes.” (H.R. 2775, Roll Call #219: Bill Passed 81-18-1, 10/16/13, Hagan Voted Yea)

In February 2014, Hagan Voted To Suspend The Debt Ceiling Through March 2015. (S. 540, Roll Call Vote #34: Motion Agreed To 55-43, 2/12/14, Hagan Voted Yea)

A “Moderate” Doesn’t Choose Big Labor Union Bosses Over North Carolina Workers

Hagan Supports Check Card Legislation, Which Eliminates The Secret Ballot For Rank And File Union Members.  HAGAN: “I know that one piece of legislation that is important to each and everyone of you is the Employee Free Choice Act. And it looks like the bill as it is currently written…is not gonna come up for a vote this session. But I’m looking forward to seeing a bill that passes that levels the playing field for workers and ensures that unions can get contracts with their employers.  (Kay Hagan, AFL-CIO Convention, 9/11/09)

Hagan Voted Along Party Lines To Uphold NRLB Regulations Allowing Ambush Union Elections.  (S.J. Res. 36, Roll Call Vote #36, Rejected 45-54: R 45-1; D 53-0, 4/24/12, Hagan Voted Nay)

Hagan Voted To Kill An Amendment To Extend “Right To Work” To Workers Nationwide. (S.Amdt. 31 To S. 1818, Roll Call Vote #11, Tabled 66-31: R 9-31; D 57-0, 1/22/09, Hagan Voted Yea)

Hagan Voted Against Allowing Companies To Award Merit Raises Or Bonuses To Unionized Employees.  (S.Amdt. 2166 To S.3240, Roll Call Vote #163, Rejected 45-54: R 45-1; D 0-53, 6/21/12, Hagan Voted Nay)

Hagan Has Proudly Touted Receiving The Endorsement Of The AFL-CIO.  HAGAN: “I Am Honored To Receive The Support Of AFL-CIO And Of Working Families Across North Carolina.” (Press Release, “North Carolina AFL-CIO Endorses Kay Hagan,” Kay Hagan For U.S. Senate, 3/20/14)

A “Moderate” Doesn’t Cut Medicare To Pay For Obamacare

Hagan Voted To Cut Medicare Advantage By $200 Billion Over 10 Years To Pay For Obamacare. “ObamaCare enacted $200 billion in cuts to Medicare Advantage over 10 years…”  (Russell Berman, “GOP hits Obama on Medicare Advantage,” The Hill, 2/13/14)

Hagan Voted Against Protecting Medicare Advantage From Cuts In 2009. (H.R. 3590, Hatch Motion to Commit, Roll Call Vote #362, Rejected 57-41: R 39-0; D 57-2, 12/4/09, Hagan Voted Nay)

Hagan Voted Against Protecting Medicare Advantage From Cuts Again In 2010. (H.R. 4872, Baucus Motion To Table Hatch Motion, Roll Call Vote #72, Agreed To 56-42: R 0-40; D 56-2, 3/24/10, Hagan Voted Yea)

Because Of Hagan’s Cuts, Seniors Who Rely On Medicare Advantage Are Already Losing Their Plans And Their Doctors. “Benefits experts say patients are seeing fewer plan choices this year, and more are losing doctors from their insurance coverage networks.” (Tom Murphy, “4 keys to scrutinizing Medicare Advantage cuts,” Associated Press, 11/15/13)

“Some 526,000 seniors — 5% of Medicare Advantage enrollees — are losing access to plans they had this year, according to a report this week from the Kaiser Family Foundation. They will need either to pick another private plan or rejoin the old Medicare program. (“ObamaCare Cuts Bite Medicare Advantage,” Investor’s Business Daily, 11/26/13)

A “Moderate” Doesn’t Rubberstamp Obama’s Anti-Energy Agenda, Including Support For Cap And Trade And Opposition To Offshore Drilling

Hagan Is On Record In Support Of A Cap And Trade Tax Bill.  “The bill, known as the Climate Security Act, includes provisions for a variety of special interests, from job-training funds for renewable energy workers to funding for green buildings. At its heart, though, the bill is a basic cap-and-trade system for energy companies that emit greenhouse gases… state Sen. Kay Hagan of Greensboro, supports the bill, which her spokeswoman said fit Hagan’s energy plan offered this spring.” (Barbara Barrett, “Climate Bill Has Unlikely Ally,” Charlotte Observer, 6/6/08)

Hagan Voted Against A Bill Expanding Offshore Drilling In 2011.  “The Senate on Wednesday rejected Republican-backed legislation intended to speed up and expand offshore oil and gas drilling. In a 42-57 vote, the Senate failed to move forward with the bill, which was opposed by the White House and most Senate Democrats. Republicans needed 60 votes for the measure to proceed.”  (Ben Geman, “Senate rejects GOP bill to expand, speed up offshore drilling,” The Hill, 5/18/11)

Hagan Voted Against Expanding Offshore Drilling In 2012.  “An amendment from Vitter to expand offshore drilling into new waters — including areas of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans — failed on a 46-52 party-line vote.”  (Puneet Kollipara, “U.S. Senate rejects oil pipeline, expanded offshore drilling,” Houston Chronicle, 3/9/12)

Left Wing Environmental Groups Have Already Spent $1.6 Million In Television Ads To Boost Hagan’s Campaign.  “They were purchased by the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, the Environmental Defense Fund and the League of Conservation Voters. Total spending by the three groups was about $1.6 million.”  (Renee Schoof, “North Carolina Senate race a magnet for money and ads,” McClatchy, 4/6/14)

A “Moderate” Doesn’t Rubberstamp Obama’s Tax Hikes On Middle-Class Families And Small Businesses

Hagan Cast The Deciding Vote For ObamaCare, Which Has A Total Of $819.3 Billion In New Taxes. (JCT, 6/15/12; CBO, 5/14/13; CBO, 7/30/13)

In March 2013, Hagan Voted Against Repealing Tax Increases On Low And Middle-Income Individuals Enacted Under ObamaCare. “Crapo, R-Idaho, amendment no. 222 that would create a deficit neutral reserve fund to allow for legislation that would repeal tax increases on low and middle-income individuals enacted under the 2010 health care overhaul.” (S. Amdt. 222 To S. Con. Res. 8, Roll Call Vote #53: Rejected 45-54, 3/22/13, Hagan Voted Nay)

Hagan Voted To Keep A Sunset Provision For Certain Small Business Tax Credits In ObamaCare. “Baucus, D-Mont., motion to table (kill) the Hutchison, R-Texas, amendment no. 3634 that would strike the sunset for certain small business tax credits that are due to expire two years after implementation of the health insurances exchanges contained in the 2010 health care overhaul law.” (H.R. 4872, CQ Vote #103: Motion agreed to 55-43: R 0-40; D 53-3; I 2-0, 3/25/10, Hagan Voted Yea)

In July 2012, Hagan Voted To Increase Taxes On Single Filers Making Over $200,000 And Joint Filers Making Over $250,000. “Passage of the bill that would extend the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts for one year on taxable income of up to $200,000 for single filers or up to $250,000 for joint filers. The bill would set the tax rate for adjusted gross income above $250,000 at 33 percent and for adjusted gross income above $400,000 at 35 percent. It also would expand the child tax credit and extend the college tuition tax credit and the earned income tax credit. It would set tax rates for long-term capital gains and dividends at 20 percent. The bill also would allow a business property deduction of $250,000 and extend the alternative minimum tax provisions for 2012 income.” (S. 3412, CQ Vote #184: Passed 51-48: R 0-46; D 50-1; I 1-1, 7/25/12, Hagan Voted Yea)

A 2012 Ernst & Young Study Determined The Tax Increase Would Impact 2.1 Million Business Owners.“ Commissioned by a host of pro-business advocacy groups, Ernst & Young conducted this latest study in an effort to predict the long-term economic impact of letting the top rates increase at year’s end — and the findings stand in stark contrast to the repeated assurances from Democrats that their proposal would have minimal effect on small businessowners. Researchers determined the plan would actually subject 2.1 million business owners to higher rates; specifically, those who pay pass-through taxes, like most partnerships, LLCs and S-Corporations.” (J.D. Harrison, “Obama Plan To Lift Top Tax Rates Would Plague Millions Of Small Businesses, Study Warns,” Washington Post, 7/17/12)

A “Moderate” Doesn’t Earn An “F” Rating From The NRA

Hagan Has “F” Ratings From The National Rifle Association And Gun Owners Of America. (Aaron Blake, “Where the Senate stands on guns — in one chart,” Washington Post, 12/17/12

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Hagan ‘08 Release: Bush-Dole Team Increase Deficit to Record High $482 Billion


***NOTE: Kay Hagan’s 2008 U.S. Senate campaign sent out this press release on July 29, 2008. As you read this, keep in mind that Hagan then went to Washington and voted to raise the debt ceiling seven times, and the national debt has increased by $7 trillion under her watch. 

GREENSBORO, NC - State Senator and U.S. Senate Candidate Kay Hagan (D-Guilford), a budget chair in North Carolina for five years, who produced balanced budgets while investing in the right priorities to move the state forward, slammed the Bush-Dole team for increasing our nation’s deficit to a record high $482 billion.

“This is what you get when you pair someone like President Bush, whose failed economic policies and misplaced priorities took a surplus and turned it into the largest deficit in history, and a Senator like Elizabeth Dole, who votes with Bush 92% of the time against sensible budgeting decisions and priorities that put special interests before working families,” Kay said.“You can’t balance your checkbook like that, you can’t run a business like that and it’s time we showed those in Washington that you cannot mortgage our children’s and future grandchildren’s future like that. Senator Dole has been in Washington for over 40 years, and it’s clear that her kind of experience is simply a way of doing business that puts the special interests and lobbyists ahead of North Carolina families. That kind of experience has done nothing to lower gas prices, invest in sensible priorities for our families, or responsibly end this war in Iraq and take the fight to the terrorists in Afghanistan. North Carolina can’t afford six more years of that kind of experience.”

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Dole Voted 5 Times To Increase Debt Limit To Nearly $9 Trillion. Since 2003, Elizabeth Dole has voted to raise the debt limit five times, bringing the limit to $8.9765 trillion, a 50 percent increase. [Vote 54, 3/16/06; Vote 76, 3/17/05; Vote 213, 11/17/04; Vote 57, 3/11/04; Vote 202, 5/23/03; AP, 3/16/06; Chicago Tribune, 3/17/06]

Dole And Bush Have Increased The Debt By 43 Percent, To $9.2 Trillion, Since 2003.Bush and Dole have presided over the largest explosion of debt in our nation’s history. Under the Bush-Dole team, the federal debt has increased 43 percent, from approximately $6.4 trillion at the end of 2002 to an estimated $9.2 trillion in February 2008. [U.S. Department of the Treasury, Bureau of Public Debt]

Under Dole, Debt Owed To Foreigners Climbs To Record Levels. In order to finance record budget deficits, the United States has had to borrow at unprecedented rates from foreigners. Since 2000, the United States has accumulated more debt to foreigners, approximately $2.182 trillion, than this country had accumulated in its first 224 years. [U.S. Treasury Department, Major Foreign Holders of Treasury Securities, 5/07; Federal Reserve Board]

Dole Voted Against Studying Effect of Foreign-Held Debt. While the United States is forced to borrow trillions of dollars from foreign countries as a result of skyrocketing budget deficits under the leadership of Bush, Dole, and their Republican allies in Congress, Dole voted against requiring the Secretary of the Treasury to study the national security and economic effects of foreign governments, institutions and individuals holding U.S. federal debt. [Vote 53, 3/16/06; Market Watch, 3/16/06]

Since 2003, Dole Voted Against Restoring Pay-As-You-Go Rules Six Times. Since 2003, Dole has voted against restoring pay-as-you-go rules, which would require a 60-vote majority to enact tax cuts or new spending on entitlements without showing how to pay for them. “For those who say they are fiscally responsible, here is your chance,’’ said Sen. Kent Conrad, senior Democrat on the Budget Committee. ‘‘You are going to be able to prove with one vote whether you are serious about doing something about these runaway debts and runaway deficits or whether it is all talk.” [Vote 38, 3/14/06; Star Tribune, 3/16/06; New York Times, 3/15/06; Vote 53, 3/16/05; Vote 283, 11/3/05; Vote 340, 11/17/05; Vote 38, 3/10/04; Vote 200, 5/23/03]

Dole Voted Four Times Against Truman Commission. In 2005 and 2006, Dole voted four times against establishing a committee to investigate the awarding and carrying out of federal contracts for Iraq, Afghanistan and the war on terrorism. [Vote 228, 9/14/05; Vote 259, 10/19/05; Vote 176, 6/20/06; Vote 316, 11/10/05]

Dole Voted Against Strengthening Accountability Laws for Iraq Contracts. In 2006, Dole voted to continue to allow monopoly contracts and waste, fraud and abuse in defense contracts in Iraq. [Vote 169, 6/14/06; CQ Today, 6/14/06]

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Hagan Remains Silent On Conflicting Obamacare Rulings


Yesterday, two different courts issued conflicting rulings on whether the Obama administration and IRS had sufficient authority to mandate that subsidies go toward plans purchased through ObamaCare’s federal exchanges. The confusion is a direct result of a sloppy, unworkable law that was deeply flawed from the very beginning.

Kay Hagan’s U.S. Senate office and reelection campaign have been completely silent on the court decisions. This is not surprising considering Hagan’s leading role in helping write and then rush a version of ObamaCare through the Senate Committee on Help, Education, Labor & Pensions. Hagan proceeded to cast the deciding vote for ObamaCare on Christmas Eve of 2009.

What is clear now is that several key components of the botched healthcare law have cast considerable doubt over Hagan’s competency and destroyed her trustworthiness and credibility in the minds of North Carolinians.

Hagan, a main architect of ObamaCare, was either remarkably clueless as to what was actually in her healthcare law before she helped pass it, or instead deliberately deceived and lied to North Carolinians to justify her support for ObamaCare.

Health Insurance Cancellations

Hagan promised North Carolinians at least 25 times that if the liked their health care plans they would be able to keep them under ObamaCare. But a grandfather rule that forced insurers to cancel healthcare plans was written directly into the law. Hagan was warned repeatedly about the potential for massive cancellations for years. However, in September 2010, she actually voted to keep the grandfather rule in Obamacare, which eventually resulted in 473,000 North Carolinians receiving cancellation notices.

Medicare Cuts

Hagan repeatedly promised North Carolina seniors that her ObamaCare law would not impact their Medicare coverage. She was either lying or simply did not realize that ObamaCare cut Medicare by over $800 billion, including more than $200 billion in devastating cuts to the popular Medicare Advantage program, which has subsequently caused over half a million seniors to lose access to the plans they depend on.

Employer Mandate

Hagan repeatedly assured North Carolina small business owners that they would not be negatively impacted by the healthcare law, and it would instead help create jobs. However, a recent U.S. Bank survey found that 61 percent of small business owners say ObamaCare has had a negative impact on their business, with many being forced to scrap hiring plans or cut their staff.

BACKGROUND

HEALTH INSURANCE CANCELLATIONS

Hagan Repeatedly Promised North Carolinians That If They Liked Their Healthcare Plans, They Could Keep Them Under ObamaCare. HAGAN: “I’ve always said, if you have health insurance and you like it, there’s nothing we’re doing to get in the way of that. And I’ve been adamant in that.”  (Mark Binker, “Education reform next on list for Hagan,” Greensboro News & Record, 12/27/09)

In 2010, Hagan Voted To Keep The Grandfather Rule In ObamaCare That Caused Healthcare Plans To Be Canceled. “In September 2010, Senate Republicans brought a resolution to the floor to block implementation of the grandfather rule, warning that it would result in canceled policies and violate President Barack Obama’s promise that people could keep their insurance if they liked it.”  (Chris Frates, “Senate Democrats supported rule that led to insurance cancellations, CNN, 10/31/13)

More Than 473,000 North Carolinians Received Cancellation Notices Following The Launch Of ObamaCare In October 2013. “More than 473,000 people in North Carolina…the state insurance department said.” (John Murawski, “Despite Obama’s pledge, future of cancelled insurance policies not certain in NC,” Raleigh News & Observer, 11/14/13)

Hagan Has Refused To Apologize For Misleading North Carolinians On ObamaCare. “State Republicans say Senator Hagan should be held accountable for promises she made about the Affordable Care Act…Tonight, she is issuing no apologies.” (WTVD, 11/8/13)

MEDICARE ADVANTAGE

One Month Before Voting For ObamaCare, Hagan “Guaranteed” Seniors Would Not See A Drop In Their Medicare Coverage. “When asked about cuts in Medicare as a result of health care legislation, Hagan replied, ‘I keep hearing that, and I can guarantee people will not see a drop in their Medicare coverage.’” (Kevin Reid, “Sen. Hagan Plays Key Role In Health Care Legislation,” Thomasville Times, 11/18/09)

ObamaCare Cuts Medicare Advantage By $200 Billion Over 10 Years. “ObamaCare enacted $200 billion in cuts to Medicare Advantage over 10 years…”  (Russell Berman, “GOP hits Obama on Medicare Advantage,” The Hill, 2/13/14)

In March 2010, Hagan Voted To Kill An Amendment That Would Have Prevented Cuts To Medicare Advantage. (H.R. 4872, Roll Call Vote #72: Motion To Table Agreed To 56-42, 3/24/10, Hagan Voted Yea)

In 2009, Hagan Voted Against A Motion That Would Have Allowed Medicare Advantage Enrollees To Retain Their Existing Benefits. (H.R. 3590, Roll Call Vote #370: Rejected 42-57, 12/8/09, Hagan Voted Nay)

In 2009, Hagan Voted Against A Motion That Would Have Prevented Medicare Cuts In The Bill, Including Cuts To Medicare Advantage. (H.R. 3590, Roll Call Vote #358: Motion Rejected 42-58, 12/3/09, Hagan Voted Nay)

EMPLOYER MANDATE

Hagan Claimed That ObamaCare Would “Create A Climate To Create Jobs.” “‘We in Washington need to do more to create a climate to create jobs,’ Hagan said. ‘We’ve got to work together to move this [Affordable Care Act] forward.’”  (Jennifer Thomas, “Sen. Kay Hagan Touts Job Growth In Charlotte,” Charlotte Business Journal, 4/6/10)

In March 2010, Hagan Voted To Keep The Employer Mandate In Obamacare. “Baucus, D-Mont., motion to table (kill) the Enzi, R-Wyo., motion to commit the bill to the Finance Committee with instructions that it be reported back with changes that would strike provisions of the 2010 health care overhaul relating to mandates on employers to provide health insurance to their employees and add an offset. The bill would make changes to existing health care law, revise student lending procedures and provide new revenue-raising provisions.” (H.R. 4872, CQ Vote #67: Motion agreed to 58-41: R 0-40; D 56-1; I 2-0, 3/24/10, Hagan Voted Yea)

A U.S. Bank Survey Found That 61 Percent Of Small Business Owners Felt That The Long-Term Impact Of ObamaCare Will Be Negative On Their Business.  (2014 U.S. Bank Small Business Survey, 4/24/14)

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Susan’s Birthday


It’s my wife Susan’s birthday and I was hoping you will help me wish her a Happy Birthday!

I am so blessed to have Susan by my side and I couldn’t be on the campaign trail everyday without her love and support.

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