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Why Has Emerging Threats Chair Kay Hagan Held ZERO Hearings On ISIS?

Although Sen. Kay Hagan is the chairwoman of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, which specifically deals with terrorist threats, she has never called for a single public hearing that focuses on ISIS.

The Washington Examiner recently reported on Sen. Hagan’s “newfound criticism” of Obama on ISIS, noting that Hagan herself has rarely made public comments about ISIS, and failed to call for a single hearing to discuss the rising threat of ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

  • “A review of Hagan’s public statements, Senate website and transcripts of committee hearings shows she has raised the topic of the Islamic State only a few times, even as the chairwoman of a relevant subcommittee on emerging national security threats.” [Washington Examiner, 9/10/14]

Sen. Hagan had the resources and the platform to raise the public’s awareness about ISIS and pressure President Obama to start taking ISIS seriously, but instead she did nothing.

It raises serious concerns over Hagan’s ineffectiveness and failure to lead.

Hagan’s only comments about ISIS have been desperate election-year spin to mislead North Carolinians about her failed record and to tout the fact she supported arming so-called “moderate” Syrian rebels, which top generals warned could result in American weapons ending up in the hands of ISIS.

“Sen. Kay Hagan has inexplicably failed to hold a single hearing to address ISIS despite chairing a subcommittee that deals specifically with terrorist threats,” said Tillis for U.S. Senate campaign manager Jordan Shaw. “Today, we still don’t have a strategy from President Obama and Kay Hagan to destroy ISIS, and they both continue to lead from behind to cover-up for their six years of failed foreign policy.” 




Thom Tillis Statement On 13th Anniversary Of September 11

Today we remember and reflect upon the innocent lives lost on September 11, 2001 and remain eternally grateful to the first responders who bravely risked their lives.

It is a testament to the greatness of America that one of the most tragic days in our nation’s history will forever be remembered as one of our most heroic. We will never forget the indescribable courage and sacrifice we witnessed on that devastating day.

In recent months, we have been reminded that the world remains a dangerous place, and terrorism continues to threaten our way of life.

We are all Americans first and foremost, and we must rededicate ourselves to protecting our freedoms here at home by destroying those who seek harm on our great nation.



Thom Tillis Asks Kay Hagan To Agree To More Debates

Today, Thom Tillis sent a letter to Senator Kay Hagan encouraging her to accept the debate invitation from TWC News, The Raleigh News & Observer, and The Charlotte Observer, and to also reconsider her position on the five other debate invitations from other major media outlets and professional organizations she has previously declined.

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Under Thom Tillis, Education Funding Increases Despite Hagan Campaign’s Claims

Under Thom Tillis’ leadership, education spending in North Carolina has increased by $660 million, yet Kay Hagan and her Washington liberal special interest allies have spent millions of dollars desperately attempting to mislead North Carolinians with false claims about Thom’s record.

National fact checkers have ruled Hagan’s attacks as false, with the Washington Post’sFact Checker awarding the claim that Tillis cut education funding with “two Pinocchios,” noting, “if you look at the actual budget numbers, in raw dollars the money spent on K-12 education went up each year.”

Since Tillis was elected Speaker in 2011, education funding in North Carolina has increased by $660 million, or 9.2 percent.

  • $7.15 Billion: Education funding in 2010-11
  • $7.81 Billion: Education funding in 2013-14

Tillis also dramatically increased funding for textbooks after the Democratic-led legislature gutted textbook funding in 2010.

  • $2.5 Million: Textbook funding in 2010-11
  • $23.1 Million: Textbook funding in 2013-14

“As Speaker, Thom has increased education funding by $660 million, and gave teachers a historic 7 percent average pay raise,” said Tillis for U.S. Senate spokeswoman Meghan Burris. “It’s unfortunate that Kay Hagan and her liberal special interest allies are resorting to false attacks debunked by fact checkers to mislead North Carolinians about Thom’s record of increasing education funding and creating opportunities for students, parents, and teachers.”  




Tillis Statement On The President’s Delay Of Executive Amnesty Until After The Election

Following news that President Obama will delay executive amnesty until after November’s election, U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis issued the following statement:

“President Obama’s decision to delay executive amnesty for illegal immigrants until after Election Day doesn’t change the fact that Kay Hagan supports amnesty and has repeatedly voted against securing the border. When Senator Hagan had the opportunity to cross party lines and stop executive amnesty, she sided with President Obama instead of the people of North Carolina, yet another example of her saying one thing on the campaign trail but doing another in Washington. North Carolina deserves a senator who will stand up to President Obama’s failed policies by opposing amnesty and working to secure our border once and for all.” 


While Hagan Claims She Is Opposed To President Obama Unilaterally Granting Amnesty, She Voted To Block A Vote On An Amendment That Would Have Effectively Prevented Obama From Granting Executive Amnesty.

  • “Sessions, R-Ala., motion to table (kill) the Reid, D-Nev., amendment no. 3751 that would delay the enactment date by one day.” (S. 2648, CQ Vote #251: Motion rejected 43-52: R 42-0; D 1-50; I 0-2, 7/31/14, Hagan Voted Nay)
  • SEN. SESSIONS: “So I move to table the Reid amendment on the tree, 3751, for the purpose of offering the Cruz amendment. That amendment would prohibit the President of the United States from expending any funds to unilaterally provide amnesty and work authorizations for millions of people as has been reported in the press. The Cruz amendment is No. 3720.” (Sen. Jeff Sessions, Congressional Record, 7/31/14, p. S5204)

In 2009, Hagan Voted Against Legislation Requiring The Completion Of A 700-mile Southern Border Fence That Would Help Stop The Flow Of Illegal Immigration. “To require the completion of at least 700 miles of reinforced fencing along the southwest border by December 31, 2010.” (S.Amdt. 1399 to S.Amdt. 1373 to H.R. 2892, Roll Call Vote #220: Adopted 54-44, 7/8/09, Hagan Voted Nay)

In 2013, Hagan Voted For The Senate’s Immigration Bill That Gave Amnesty To Illegal Immigrants, And Voted Against Several Amendments That Would Have Required Securing The Border First Before Granting Legal Status To Illegal Immigrants:

  • Hagan voted against an amendment that would have required the completion of 350 miles of reinforced, double-layered fencing along the southern border. “To require the completion of the 350 miles of reinforced, double-layered fencing described in section 102(b)(1)(A) of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 before registered provisional immigrant status may be granted and to require the completion of 700 miles of such fencing before the status of registered provisional immigrants may be adjusted to permanent resident status.” (S.Amdt. 1197 To S. 744, Roll Call #151: Amendment Rejected 39-54-7, 6/18/13, Hagan Voted Nay)
  • Hagan voted to table an amendment that would have required the Department of Homeland Security to have effective control over the southern border for six months before beginning the legalization process for illegal immigrants. “To prohibit the granting of registered provisional immigrant status until the Secretary has maintained effective control of the borders for 6 months.” (S.Amdt. 1195 to S. 744, Roll Call #148, Motion To Table Agreed To 57-43, 6/19/13, Hagan Voted Yea)
  • Hagan voted to table an amendment that would have required the Department of Homeland Security to build hundreds of miles of double-layered fencing along the southern border within five years and required the Department to submit yearly status reports to Congress. “To provide for enhanced border security, including strong border security metrics and congressional votes on border security and for other purposes.” (S.Amdt. 1200 to S. 744, Roll Call Vote #154, Motion To Table Agreed To 61-37-2, 6/19/13, Hagan Voted Yea)





Media Consensus: Tillis “Exceeded Expectations,” Hagan “On The Defensive” During First Debate

CBS NEWS: “Hagan spoke in a clipped tone for much of the debate, hesitating over word choice and rarely finding her comfort zone.”

Political Scientist David McLennan: “‘I think Thom Tillis exceeded expectations,’ McLennan said. ‘He came across as more confident. I think he looked like the more skilled debater.’ Tillis also was effectively able to defuse the criticism that he was the political voice for millionaires, by recounting his own modest background including a stint in a trailer park when he was first starting out, McLennan said.”

POLITICO: “[Tillis] Appearing more confident and prepared than the incumbent [Hagan]…”

RALEIGH N&O Columnist Rob Christensen: “But Republican state House Speaker Thom Tillis may have helped himself more than Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan, playing the role of the aggressor and keeping the incumbent on the defensive.”

ASSOCIATED PRESS: “Tillis recalled Hagan’s comments from her successful 2008 campaign, when she criticized her rival at the time for having voted 92 percent of the time with then-President George W. Bush. And yet, he said, Hagan has sided with Obama 95 percent.”

RALEIGH NEWS & OBSERVER: “In opening remarks, Tillis wasted only seconds before tying Hagan to President Barack Obama. He launched the theme that Hagan has become part of the Washington establishment and is out of touch with North Carolinians.”

CBS NEWS: “Tillis, for his part, demonstrated a surprising fluency on foreign policy matters for a state lawmaker, discussing the roots of the militants fighting in Iraq and Syria and criticizing the president for failing to develop a strategy to combat them. ‘Kay Hagan has allowed it to happen,’ he added.”

Political Consultant Doug Raymond: “Tillis cleared his first hurdle in the fact that he looked and sounded senatorial. He showed a firm grasp of the national issues and never got rattled…In conclusion, I believe Tillis was the winner in this debate.”

WASHINGTON EXAMINER’S Rebecca Berg: “Thom Tillis is attacking Kay Hagan in almost exactly the same way she hit Elizabeth Dole in 2008. It’s remarkable.”

ASSOCIATED PRESS: “The Republican challenger repeatedly recalled Hagan’s vote for the president’s health care law, saying it had led to the cancellation of hundreds of thousands of policies held by North Carolinians. Tillis said the law will not fulfill the promise she made.”



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Click Here For A Full List Of TV Stations Airing The Debate

Here is a full list of TV Stations airing Wednesday night’s debate. If you have not had a chance to submit a question for Kay Hagan, please be sure to submit one below.

UNC-TV – Statewide
WLOS-TV — Asheville
WAXN-TV — Charlotte
WSOC-TV – Charlotte
WBTV-TV — Charlotte
WCCB-TV — Charlotte
WCNC-TV — Charlotte
WMYT-TV — Charlotte
WJZY-TV — Charlotte
WITN-TV — Greenville
WNCT-TV/ENCT-TV — Greenville
WYDO-TV — Greenville
WFMY-TV — Greensboro
WWAY-TV – Greensboro
WXII-TV – Greensboro
WXLV-TV — Greensboro
WGHP-TV — High Point
WNCN-TV – Raleigh
WRAL-TV – Raleigh
WRAZ-TV — Raleigh
WTVD-TV — Raleigh
WILM-TV — Wilmington
WECT-TV — Wilmington 

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If you were debating Kay Hagan, what would you ask her?

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Tillis Math TV Ad Website

New Ad Highlights Tillis’ Teacher Pay Raises, Hagan’s Record Of Rubber-Stamping Obama

The Thom Tillis campaign today unveiled a new television ad titled “Math,” which will begin airing next Tuesday.

The ad highlights Thom’s leadership in providing North Carolina teachers with a historic pay raise while contrasting his record of results with Kay Hagan’s record of rubber-stamping President Obama’s failed policies.

Under Thom’s leadership as Speaker, education funding has increased every year. This summer, he played an instrumental role in achieving a compromise budget that fulfilled his promise to give teachers a much-deserved salary increase. The average 7 percent pay raise instantly makes North Carolina among the most competitive states in the region for teacher compensation.
While Thom has delivered on his promises to North Carolina students, parents, and teachers, Kay Hagan has been a partisan rubber-stamp for President Obama, voting with him 96 percent of the time over the last two years. Hagan has mortgaged America’s future by supporting Obama’s out-of-control spending, and the national debt has increased by more than $7 trillion during her tenure in Washington.
TILLIS: 7 percent.
A 7 percent pay raise.
That’s what we passed this year for North Carolina teachers.
That’s simple math.
But math is lost on Senator Hagan. She’s misleading you about me to hide her own partisan record.
Kay Hagan votes with President Obama 96 percent of the time.
She voted for $7 trillion in debt. That’s math too.
And it’s the difference in this election.
I’m Thom Tillis. I approve this message.
Tillis Took Leadership In Passing A Budget That Provides Teachers With A 7 Percent Average Pay Increase. “North Carolina teachers would get a 7 percent pay raise and teacher assistants would keep their jobs under a budget outlinedTuesday by Republican legislative leaders. The budget, expected to be voted on this week, also would boost pay of starting teachers to $35,000 over two years and give most state employees a $1,000 raise and five additional vacation days.”  (Jim Morrill, “GOP leaders tout budget deal with 7 percent teacher raise,” Charlotte Observer, 7/29/14)
Hagan Voted With President Obama 96 Percent Of The Time In 2012 And 2013. (CQ Voting Studies – Sen. Kay Hagan, CQ Roll Call, Updated February 2014)

The Total Public Debt Has Increased By Over $7 Trillion Since Hagan Took Office In January 2009. (Treasury Department’s Debt To The Penny, Accessed 8/27/14)
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 endingSeptember 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)


TV AD - Kitchen

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.


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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