Sen. Kay Hagan on Friday received a rousing reception at an annual state labor convention in Raleigh.
The Democratic incumbent from North Carolina criticized her Republican opponent, state House Speaker Thom Tillis, for the legislature's votes on unemployment benefits, Medicaid coverage, equal-pay legislation, defunding Planned Parenthood and cuts to education.
"Thom Tillis is trying to rig the system against the middle class," Hagan told the crowd of about 200 delegates at a North Raleigh hotel, which interrupted her remarks with cheers and standing ovations.
The state chapter of the AFL-CIO has endorsed Hagan. Tillis wasn't invited to speak.
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Claude Pope Jr., chairman of the state Republican Party, issued a statement Friday morning emphasizing that labor has been a major contributor to her campaigns.
"Kay Hagan's speech today at the AFL-CIO convention will be a happy reunion with one of her biggest allies," Pope said. "It's crystal clear that Hagan is bought and paid for by Big Labor unions. Republicans have made North Carolina one of the fastest-growing economies in the nation with pro-growth policies such as tax reform and a balanced budget."