Raleigh, NC – Even though Kay Hagan has been frantically distancing herself from President Obama over the last several months, she told an audience on Saturday, “I will continue to work with the president and meet with him regularly.”
- “‘I will continue to work with the president and meet with him regularly,” she averred…” (T. Kevin Walker, Winston-Salem Chronicle, 3/26/14)
Last week, Hagan told the Associated Press that she is now ready to campaign with Obama in North Carolina.
- “But the senator kept open Friday to the possibility of the president campaigning for her later this year. ‘The president is always welcome to come to North Carolina and campaign with me,’ she said.” (Gary Robertson, “Hagan turns toward Tillis, would welcome Obama,” Associated Press, 3/21/14)
Hagan has certainly worked closely with President Obama, voting for his liberal agenda 96 percent of the time in 2012 and 2013 according to Congressional Quarterly.
It’s refreshing to see Hagan finally offer North Carolinians a dose of honesty in a campaign marked by her ducking of reporters’ questions and her refusal to apologize for telling PolitiFact’s “lie of the year” about Obamacare at least 24 times.
Hagan’s sudden embrace of President Obama marks quite a shift from her recent strategy of avoiding any associations with the unpopular President at all costs.
Last December, Hagan refused to tell Politico whether or not she approves of the President’s job performance.
- “‘This race is not about the president,’ Hagan said in an interview, twice refusing to say whether she approves of Obama’s job performance.” (Manu Raju, “North Carolina’s Choice,” Politico, 12/12/13)
Hagan also publicly snubbed President Obama during his visit to Raleigh earlier this year, even though she privately met with the President later that evening at the White House.
- “And Hagan is likely to see the president later that night, when Obama will host Democratic senators at the White House. The North Carolina event is among a broader economic push by the White House ahead of the State of the Union address on Jan. 28.” (Justin Sink, “Hagan Won’t Join Obama In North Carolina,” The Hill, 1/13/14)
Hagan’s sudden embrace of the President is simply an acknowledgment of a dire political reality facing the embattled Senator: polls show she now has even less support than Obama in North Carolina.
A recent WRAL/Survey USA poll has Hagan 20 points underwater, with only 34 percent of North Carolinians approving of her job performance with 54 percent disapproving. Hagan is even 16 points underwater in her hometown Greensboro market, the same area she represented as a state senator for six years.
Simply put, Kay Hagan is a bigger political liability to herself than even an immensely unpopular President Obama. She has nothing left to lose anymore by fully embracing him.
“It’s good to see that Kay Hagan has stopped pretending to be a moderate and is now proudly embracing the fact that she voted for Obama’s liberal agenda 96 percent of the time over the last two years,” said North Carolina Republican Party spokesman Daniel Keylin. “Hagan has been a rubberstamp for Obama, and will continue to be an automatic vote for his failed policies and the liberal special interest groups funding her campaign if she gets sent back to Washington.”