N.C. Republican Party Chairman Claude Pope said President Obama’s primary reason for visiting was to bolster Sen. Kay Hagan’s campaign for Senate re-election.
In a press conference at GOP headquarters in Raleigh, Pope said that with Hagan’s polling numbers “tanking,” Democrats are seeing her grip on the Senate seat slipping, a process enhanced by Obama’s unpopularity in the state.
However, Pope said, Hagan was not here because she does not want to be held responsible for Obamacare and other policies unpopular in the state that are associated with the president, even though her voting record strongly resembles his own.
Hagan said that she would not accompany Obama on his visit to North Carolina because the Senate is in session. She has said she would campaign with the president.
“It really shouldn’t surprise anyone that Kay Hagan isn’t here today,” Pope said.