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September 3, 2014

Hagan launches TV campaign hitting Tillis on education on day of debate

Sen. Kay Hagan’s re-election campaign on Wednesday launched four TV ads as part of a new campaign it calls “Tell Thom Tillis.”

Sen. Kay Hagan’s re-election campaign on Wednesday launched four TV ads as part of a new campaign it calls “Tell Thom Tillis.”

The format for each ad is a short studio interview with a North Carolina person. Each gives his or her first name and their complaints about Tillis, the Republican challenging Hagan for her Senate seat in Washington.

Megan, a teacher from Cary, says education cuts under the leadership of Tillis in the state legislature mean she has larger classes, no teacher assistant and no textbook to use for teaching. Anna, from Black Mountain, says her son doesn’t have a textbook to bring home so she can’t help him with homework.

Justin, a teacher in Charlotte, blames Tillis for the elimination of the North Carolina Teaching Fellows scholarship, which allowed him to go to college. And Sheree, a college student at UNC-Charlotte, says Tillis made meals more expensive for college students, referring to the legislature’s decision to end a sales tax exemption for college meals.

Hagan’s campaign said in a news release that more “stories from everyday North Carolinians” are planned in the ad series between now and election day on Nov. 4.

The four new ads ads are part of a six-figure buy, campaign spokesman Chris Hayden said, declining to give a specific figure.

Here are the ads:

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