Raleigh, NC – Kay Hagan is once again attempting to dupe North Carolinians and rewrite her failed record, this time by portraying herself as a middle-of-the-road moderate.
- “‘When you look at me as being moderate, that’s being somebody who understands what the issues are (and) working to get action done in specifics on those issues,’ Hagan said in a recent interview, adding that she’s been telling supporters about ‘the common-sense results that I’ve been able to put forward for North Carolina families.’” (Gary Robertson, Associated Press, 4/19/14)
The inconvenient truth for Hagan is that she is a liberal by any definition, even in an ultra-polarized Congress.
Hagan voted with President Obama’s failed liberal agenda 96 percent of the time in 2012 and 2013 according to Congressional Quarterly.
To put Hagan’s record in context, remember that Hagan attacked Senator Elizabeth Dole for voting with President Bush 92 percent of the time. Hagan said Dole’s voting record wasn’t “representing the interests” of North Carolinians.
- “And Elizabeth Dole votes with President Bush 92 percent of the time. I will guarantee you are not representing the interests if you are voting straight-party like that with Bush all the time. That is not what North Carolinians want.” (Kay Hagan, 5/12/08)
“Tanking in the polls and getting more desperate by the day, Kay Hagan is now attempting to dupe North Carolinians into believing she’s a moderate,” said North Carolina Republican Party Communications Director Daniel Keylin. “Unfortunately for Hagan, voters are going to take a close look at her abysmal record, which shows she has voted for President Obama’s liberal 96 percent of the time, cast the deciding vote for Obamacare, and put liberal special interests ahead of North Carolina.”
BACKGROUND: KAY HAGAN IS NO MODERATE
Does A Moderate Unapologetically Support Obamacare?
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 24 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)
Does A Moderate Have An Anti-Second Amendment Record?
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
Anti-Second Amendment Billionaire Michael Bloomberg Is The Biggest Donor To Senate Majority PAC, Which Has Already Spent Nearly $4 Million To Prop Up Hagan’s Campaign. “Senate Majority PAC, the Democratic super PAC focused on Senate elections, raised more than $4.7 million from donors in the last half of 2013, according to a report filed on Friday. The largest contribution came from former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who gave $2.5 million to the group in July.” (Paul Blumenthal, “Senate Democratic Super PAC Raises Big Bucks To Defend Majority,” Huffington Post, 1/31/14)
Does A Moderate Support Big Unions Over 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)
Does A Moderate Vote To 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)
Because Of Those 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)
Does A Moderate Support Partial Birth Abortion?
Hagan Supports Partial Birth Abortion And Recently Refused To Support The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. “U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan on Tuesday made it clear that she would not vote for a bill that would ban abortions beginning at 20 weeks.” (Renee Schoof, “Hagan will not vote for anti-abortion bill,” Raleigh News & Observer, 11/19/13)
Hagan Has A 0 Percent Rating From The National Right To The Life. (2013 Positions, “Rating Group: National Right to Life Committee, Vote Smart, 1/14/14)
Planned Parenthood Is Supporting Hagan’s Re-Election Campaign.
“Planned Parenthood’s Dawn Laguens said North Carolina is a ‘top priority’ for the group, and they want to use a playbook similar to their successful campaign to target Ken Cuccinelli in the Virginia governors race.” (Anna Palmer, “Ground game up for grabs in battleground race,” Politico, 3/21/14)
Does A Moderate Support Cap And Trade And Oppose 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 That Would Expand And Speed Up 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)