U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan voted with President Barack Obama 99 percent of the time in 2014, or 118 out of 119 votes where Obama had a position (disagreeing only over a Pennsylvania judge), Congressional Quarterly senior writer Shawn Zeller reports.
Zeller tweeted the latest vote analysis on Wednesday, and on Thursday Republicans were using it to criticize Hagan amid her fiercely close race against Republican challenger Thom Tillis.
The Republican National Committee in a news release on Thursday paired the latest CQ vote analysis with a clip of Hagan on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Thursday, where she was asked whether Obama was a strong leader. The Tillis campaign said she dodged the question.
“Once again, Kay Hagan is trying to have it both ways on the issue. Hagan’s actions speak louder than her words, so her 99% endorsement of the Obama agenda shouts ‘YES’ to the question she intentionally struggled to answer,” Rob Lockwood, RNC spokesman, said in a press release.
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Hagan’s campaign spokeswoman Sadie Weiner responded by saying: “Speaker Tillis couldn’t name one time when he would stand up to his party, but North Carolinians know that Kay has been named the most moderate Senator because she doesn’t care if it’s a Republican idea or a Democratic idea, if it’s good for North Carolina she’s for it.”