First on CNN: Outside group defends vulnerable Democratic Senator
December 5th, 2013
12:20 PM ET
4 months ago

First on CNN: Outside group defends vulnerable Democratic Senator

(CNN) - A group supporting Democratic senators and Senate candidates says it's going up with a new television commercial defending Sen. Kay Hagan of North Carolina, who's considered vulnerable as she runs for re-election next year.

The theme of the Senate Majority PAC's 30-second spot is that Hagan is fighting to make health care more affordable and accessible to North Carolina voters.


"She protects my Medicare and Social Security; she took on drug companies to lower the cost of prescriptions for seniors; voted to cut waste and fraud in Medicare; force insurance companies to cover cancer and other pre-existing conditions," say four different voters who speak in support of Hagan in the ad.

Senate Majority PAC says it's spending around $750,000 to run the spot for two weeks across the state. It's the second commercial the PAC has run in support of Hagan, who won 53% of the vote in her 2008 election to the Senate.

The voters in the spot then criticize North Carolina Speaker Tom Tillis, who many consider the leading Republican challenger to Hagan in next year's midterm elections, for allegedly siding with insurance companies and letting them deny people coverage.

"It's evident that Kay Hagan and her liberal allies have seen her campaign completely implode because of her unwavering support for Obamacare, and now they are desperately trying to do damage control to save her Senate seat," said North Carolina Republican Party spokesman Daniel Keylin, in responding to the ad.

"No amount of political spin and sugar-coating over the airwaves will change the fact that Kay Hagan repeatedly misled the public to justify casting the deciding vote for this train wreck. North Carolinians know that Kay Hagan owns Obamacare," Keylin added.

Hagan has been targeted over her support of the health care law in ads from the National Republican Senatorial Committee and from pro-GOP outside groups. Americans for Prosperity has spent big bucks to run ads against the Senator.

While she has been a supporter of Obamacare, she was also part of a small group of Senate Democrats who wanted to hold President Barack Obama accountable on his proposal to extend health insurance plans that got canceled because of Obamacare regulations.

Last month Vice President Joe Biden traveled to North Carolina to support Hagan at a private fundraiser. Biden didn't mention Obamacare during his remarks.

The President won the state in his 2008 victory for the White House, but 2012 GOP challenger Mitt Romney carried the state in last year's presidential election. Republicans currently control the governor's office and both houses of the North Carolina state legislature.

CNN's Ashley Killough contributed to this report


Filed under: 2014 • Health care • Kay Hagan • North Carolina • Obamacare
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Tampa Tim

    If you want a corporate slug, vote republican. Republicans aren't much, but they are the best the Kochs can buy.

    December 5, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  2. A True Conservative

    Running on Obamacare.....this should work out well for her! Perhaps she simply didn't get the memo......or the people who didn't tell Obama the whole thing is a mess also didn't tell her.....

    December 5, 2013 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  3. robert

    biden didn't mention obamacare. i wonder why

    December 5, 2013 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    While she has been a supporter of Obamacare, she was also part of a small group of Senate Democrats who wanted to hold President Barack Obama accountable on his proposal to extend health insurance plans that got canceled because of Obamacare regulations.
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    What is being overlooked in this entire nontroversey is that with or without the President's statements, with or without the Affordable Care Act, private insurers would have dropped or modified their policies, anyway. I know of no health insurance policy that lasts for more than a year. Most policies make you re-enroll every year, and most of the time there are changes in premiums, deductibles, and coverages.

    December 5, 2013 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  5. Donna

    The theme of the Senate Majority PAC's 30-second spot is that Hagan is fighting to make health care more affordable and accessible to North Carolina voters.
    --–

    ....while destroying the healthcare insurance of most of the people of North Carolina and driving UP the cost.

    Clueless Deomcrats think the American people are complete fools and will once again believe their lies.

    December 5, 2013 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  6. Fair is Fair

    I didn't think there were any vulnerable democrats. I thought that the democrats were going to increase their majority in the senate and retake the house in a republican train wreck. I thought DNC chairwoman Debbie Blabbermouth-Schultz is instructing all democrats to campaign on Obamacare. Did I miss something?

    December 5, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  7. just saying

    it is great to see the lefties wasting their money on a seat that they have no hope of keeping. hagan was a mistake that will soon be corrected, especially after she voted for obamacare. bye bye hagan! bye bye senate democrats!!

    December 5, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  8. CryBabies

    She put her signature on Obamacare, period. Now she wants to walk it back. As this episode gets worse, and it will, she will increase the "double talk". Fighting the losing fight.

    December 5, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  9. Gurgyl

    I like Kay Hagen. Get rid off GOP thugs, NC. Pat McRory got NC as third world junk, already. DHHS need not
    Explain to memo, read, Sunday observer. Karma!!!

    December 5, 2013 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  10. anthony ta

    Go vote the same people back in two parties so they can destroy the country more. I have a good idea since no one including thr president follow the constitution , why not scrap thrm so they write their own

    December 5, 2013 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    robert

    biden didn't mention obamacare. i wonder why
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    I don't know Because he used the phrase "affordable care act", instead? :)

    December 5, 2013 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  12. just asking

    why is she even bothering to run? she already knows the outcome. she should have her next job lined up by now. when millions more americans lose their employer based healthcare plans, as the obama administration has already predicted, hagan's poll numbers will plummet, no matter what lies she and her lying supporters spew.

    December 5, 2013 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  13. Tommy G

    If she wants to keep her seat in the Senate then she needs to come out in suport of the total repeal of Obamacare. It is her one and only hope to keep her seat.

    December 5, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  14. Hector Slagg

    So,
    If she is doing such a good job why does any one say she is vulnerable ? Ignoring the U.S. Constitution can ruin your whole day. You can fool some of the people all of the time and you can all of the people some of the time but you can't fool all of the people all of the time.

    December 5, 2013 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  15. smith

    If you want a union slug, vote democrat. Democrats aren`t much, but they are the best George Soros can buy. As Rudy would say, "Nice try, but we got ya".

    December 5, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  16. ARMYCSM

    HEADLINE: THE ACA IS THE LAW OF THE LAND. The chance of it being repeal is zero. The probability of it's success
    is about 95%. So, at the ened of the day, Democrats and Republicants alike will run their campaign flying the ACA banner of success. I am tired of seeing little children in red states with rottening teeth and scarred impetigo infected legs.

    December 5, 2013 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  17. The REAL Truth...

    @smith – As Rudy would say, "Nice try, but we got ya".
    -------------------------------
    That response is living proof that Bobby Jindal was so-o-o-o right!

    December 5, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  18. Rick McDaniel

    I am fairly certain, she will be defeated. She has been bad for NC.

    December 5, 2013 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  19. Boomer in Mo

    Sigh. Don't you all see what is wrong with this country. It's us. The ACA could have, should have had some of its worst problems fixed before now. Democracy requires compromise, not constant playground fights. We are doomed.

    December 5, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  20. wendel

    Go Donna time for a change. throw the bums out

    December 5, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  21. Vic of New York

    It about time. Count me in for a donation. Let's not "defend" Democrats... Let's fight to dump Mitch McConnell and that ineffective useless TEA Party puppet: John Boehner in 2014. America – do you want a congress that works? Do you want fair paying jobs? Do you want fair elections? VOTE for a Democratic SUPER MAJORITY come November 2014. Send the CONS packing to Somalia – thier model country for a place with "small government", few taxes, and where you can open-carry all the guns you want!

    December 5, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |