Earlier this week, Politico reported that President Barack Obama will avoid campaigning for Democratic candidates in U.S. Senate elections, except perhaps in Michigan.
In some cases, the candidates didn’t want his help. In U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan’s battle to win re-election, challenger Thom Tillis has done all he could to tie the incumbent to the president, which is the strategy across the country.
Hagan took some flack earlier this year when she showed up with Sen. Richard Burr to greet Obama at the airport when he was in Charlotte for an event. The day the Politico piece came out, Hagan met with N&O reporters and editors.
Asked whether she or her staff had asked the president to campaign in North Carolina for her, or to avoid coming here, Hagan dodged.
“He’s welcome to campaign in North Carolina anytime,” she said.
But did you ask him to come?
“I think in this race Speaker Tillis is trying to make this about the president, and he is hammering that over and over,” Hagan replied. “People in North Carolina need to realize this race is about who represents them in Washington. And I will stand forth every day and say that my voice is the one that needs to speak on behalf of North Carolinians.”