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Who’s Saying Veterans Can’t Trust the Obama Administration?



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You almost have to admire the opportunism of Senator Kay Hagan as she suddenly turns into a full-throated critic of the Obama administration, months from Election Day: 

Ahead of President Obama’s speech Tuesday before the American Legion, a vulnerable senator in his own party voiced skepticism about the commander in chief’s commitment to veterans. Sen. Kay Hagan, who is locked in a tight re-election race against Republican Thom Tillis in North Carolina, said in a statement that the Obama administration “has not yet done enough to earn the lasting trust of our veterans and implement real and permanent reforms at the VA.”

The American Legion is holding its convention in Charlotte this week; Obama is scheduled to speak there tomorrow. Hagan is scheduled to attend the event.

The CQ/Roll Call study found that Senator Hagan voted with the Obama administration’s position 96 percent of the time

Senator Kay Hagan, left, with an unidentified supporter.

UPDATE: Here’s Kay Hagan back in 2008, talking about how she’s heard first-hand about how veterans are having difficulty getting care at VA hospitals, and how, “we really need to honor them for their service and make it a seamless transition from the time they get out to when they get their care. And that’s one of the things that we’ve got to correct.”

How’s she doing on that, huh? 

Tags: Kay Hagan , Veterans , North Carolina

New Tillis Ad: Washington Is Out of Touch



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In North Carolina’s Senate race, Republican Thom Tillis enjoys a small lead over incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan in recent polls, but the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee committed $9 million to help Hagan last week. Television advertising is going to be one of the key battlegrounds in this fight, and Tillis is starting the week with a new ad, declaring, “Washington has completely lost touch with working Americans.”

“The Senate could use more people who had to sweat for a living, and fewer of the politicians who made this mess.”

Tags: Thom Tillis , Kay Hagan , North Carolina

The DSCC Just Put $9 Million Behind Hagan. Your Move, Republicans.



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Also in today’s Jolt, a clear indicator of where the DSCC thinks they absolutely must win in November:

Democrats Bet All Their Chips — Well, Almost All — on North Carolina

Here’s the bad news: The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee just committed more than $9 million dollars to help Senator Kay Hagan in her reelection bid in North Carolina — a big, big sum for a national committee in one state.

Here’s the good news: The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee just committed more than $9 million dollars to help Sen. Kay Hagan — meaning she must need it. You don’t spend a sum like that willy-nilly.

The ad buy, the largest so far in North Carolina, would be paid out through the end of the campaign. It reflects both the outside interest in a race that will help decide control of the Senate and, some say, concern about Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan.

“It tells me a couple things,” said Jennifer Duffy, an analyst with the Washington-based Cook Political Report. “One, that she really is in trouble. They’re not going to spend that kind of money defending an incumbent who’s in reasonably good shape.

“Two, they’re going to do the negative ads because I don’t think her approval ratings can take any more hits.”

Brad Dayspring, spokesman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said the buy signals that Democrats have hit the “panic button.”

“The DSCC very clearly believes that if Kay Hagan loses North Carolina, their majority is gone,” he said in a release.

If you’re the type who likes giving to campaigns, maybe you can throw some bucks at Thom Tillis, and help balance out the DSCC’s big spending.

 

He’s got her back.

Tags: Kay Hagan , DSCC , North Carolina , Thom Tillis

The Great Big North Carolina Primary Roundup



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North Carolina holds its primary election Tuesday.

The highest-profile race is in North Carolina’s GOP Senate primary, competing to take on incumbent Democratic senator Kay Hagan in November.

State house speaker and past ALEC Legislator of the Year Thom Tillis is the front-runner, according to the two most recent polls, but a candidate must win 40 percent of the vote to avoid a runoff. Tillis is hovering right around that threshold.

If he goes to a runoff, his most likely rival is medical doctor and conservative activist Greg Brannon, who has been endorsed by Senators Rand Paul and Mike Lee. Pastor Mark Harris, former Shelby mayor Ted Alexander, Navy veteran Alex Bradshaw, and nurse and Army veteran Heather Grant round out the field.

Polling finds Hagan in a close race with both Tillis and Brannon.

North Carolina’s second congressional district features one of the House primaries that might get some attention, between GOP representative Renee Ellmers and Frank Roche, who has scored some tea-party endorsements. This district attracted some fairly high-profile Democratic competition: former state commerce secretary Keith Crisco and Clay Aiken, American Idol singer. Still, Democrats will face an uphill climb; the district scores a R+10 in the Cook Partisan Voting Index.

In North Carolina’s third congressional district, Taylor Griffin was endorsed by his old boss, Sarah Palin, in his primary challenge to ten-term GOP representative Walter Jones. The primary winner will be heavily favored in November, as this is an R+11 district.

In North Carolina’s sixth congressional district, GOP representative Howard Coble is retiring, setting off a big primary fight for the nomination in this R+10 district. It’s unlikely that any candidate will win 40 percent, so a runoff is expected. If fundraising success equaled votes — which it doesn’t, obviously — the top contenders would be Bruce VonCannon, former CEO for the banking arm of the Rothschild Group, Rockingham County district attorney Phil Berger Jr., Greensboro city-council member Zach Matheny, and minister Mark Walker.

In North Carolina’s seventh congressional district, incumbent Democrat Mike McIntyre announced he’s retiring, offering Republicans a golden pickup opportunity in this R+12 district. Former state senator David Rouzer and former state senator Woody White are the two top contenders for the nomination here.

In North Carolina’s heavily Democratic twelfth congressional district (D+26), Representative Mel Watt has resigned to become head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency. The seat is currently vacant; six Democrats are competing for the nomination.

Tags: North Carolina , Thom Tillis , Greg Brannon

From Gloom to Hope in Virginia, North Carolina, and Florida



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The mood from GOP insiders, both inside and outside the Romney campaign, was looking pretty gloomy about 45 minutes ago, with great anxieties about Virginia, Florida, and even North Carolina. As more returns have come in, the mood is brightened considerably — the northern suburbs of Virginia are looking better for Romney, the Florida panhandle continues to give Romney gobs of votes when he desperately needs them, and good numbers in Wake County in North Carolina.

Don’t count your chickens before they hatch, subsequent counties could change things, and all proper caveats apply.

Tags: Florida , North Carolina , Virginia

Estimate: Obama Leads NC Early Vote By 1.2 Percent



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Jeff Dobbs takes a look at the numbers for early voting in North Carolina, takes some guesses as to how each group of voters – Democrats, Republicans, and “Other” – have voted so far:

Rasmussen’s latest poll in North Carolina asked responders who they intended to vote for – and asked them which party they belonged to. His results show the following:

Republicans Romney: 94% | Obama: 4% | Other: 2%

Democrats Romney: 17% | Obama: 82% | Other: 1%

Other Romney: 59% | Obama: 36% | Other: 5%

Weighting the votes by how each category is likely to vote using Rasmussen’s survey, the state of the race at this point in 2012 looks like this:

Estimated Vote Totals: Romney: 479,899 | 48.4%

Obama: 491,500 | 49.6%

Using this methodology, in 2012 Obama holds a 1.2% lead, or 11,600 votes, over Romney after one week of early voting in North Carolina.

With an 18.9 point lead at this point in 2008, Obama ultimately won 50.2% to 49.8%.

With an estimated 143,509 vote lead in 2008, Obama ultimately won by a 14,177 vote margin.

Obama is now leading by 1.2 points and 11,600 votes.

Remember, “If votes cast on Election Day decided the 2008 election, McCain would have won in Florida, Colorado, North Carolina and Iowa.”

I think the early vote may be significantly larger this year in communities where voters experienced long lines and long waits on Election Day 2008; folks may want to avoid the crowds this time around.

Tags: Barack Obama , Mitt Romney , North Carolina

Dramatic Shifts in Early Voting in Tennessee, North Carolina



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Charles, a Campaign Spot reader in Tennessee, took a look at the totals after the first day of early voting in his state:

All Obama Counties in Tennessee

2008: 36,144

2012: 25,317

Change: -30%

All McCain Counties in Tennessee (except Henry which has not reported 2012EV totals):

2008: 71,846

2012: 94,588

Change: +31.7%

Data for 2008 early vote by county can be found here; data for 2012 early vote by county can be found here.

He concludes:

While Tennessee is not competitive in 2012, these results show a complete shift in voter enthusiasm from 2008 to 2012.  Total voter turnout statewide on day one of early voting was up about 10 percent compared to four years ago, but voter turnout increased 31 percent in McCain counties while it dropped 30 percent in Obama counties.

Meanwhile, Jeff Dobbs takes a similar look at North Carolina, and finds:

Total Votes: 50,674

Dem: 13,887 = 27.4%

Rep: 27,455 = 54.2%

Unaffiliated: 9,255 = 18.3%

Libertarian: 77 = 0.2%

Compare that with 2008:

Dem: 51.4%

Rep: 30.2%

Other: 18.5%

He concludes:

The 2012 numbers are breakouts by registration, not by vote cast (of course, you can’t vote for unaffiliated!). But certainly if some assumptions are made — it appears there has been a complete flip of the parties, at least at this point. But we are in the early part of early voting.

Tags: North Carolina , Tennessee

Middle Cheese: Obama Scaling Back in North Carolina, but Not Florida Yet



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Middle Cheese checks in with a short update, pouring some cold water on the talk that the Obama campaign is triaging states already: “Team Romney says they have seen evidence that the Obama campaign is scaling back in North Carolina. None yet in Florida.”

Considering that the final debate is in Florida and that Romney’s lead in the state is consistent but small, and the impact news of a scaledown/concession would have on Democrats’ morale nationwide, it would make sense for the Obama campaign to stay active in Florida for as long as possible.

Tags: Florida , CrossroadsGPS , North Carolina

Obama’s New Firewall: Ohio, Iowa, New Hampshire, and Nevada



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Major Garrett, writing in National Journal:

What also became clear after the dust began to settle from the rumble on Long Island was the electoral map has narrowed and Obama’s team, while conceding nothing publicly, is circling the wagons around Ohio, Iowa, New Hampshire, and Nevada. Plouffe said that Obama remains strong in all four states, but he would not discuss the specifics of internal polling or voter-contact analytics, saying only that Obama has “significant leads” in all four places.

It is uncharacteristic of Team Obama to concede any terrain, but Plouffe offered no such assurances about Obama’s position in North Carolina, Virginia, or Florida. Romney advisers have seen big gains in all three states and now consider wins likely, although not guaranteed, in all three. They are similarly upbeat about prospects in Colorado but not confident enough to predict victory. That Plouffe left Colorado off his list of states where Obama’s leading and can withstand a Romney surge might be telling.

Chalk one up for Suffolk University Political Research Center’s David Paleologos, which said they would stop polling North Carolina, Virginia, and Florida last week.

Fascinatingly, the description of Plouffe’s comments puts New Hampshire in the “firewall” pile, when the last three polls have Romney up by 4 (ARG) a tie (Suffolk) and Obama ahead by 1 (Rasmussen).

UPDATE: The Obama campaign is “absolutely not” giving up on those states, traveling press secretary Jen Psaki said today.

Tags: Barack Obama , Florida , Mitt Romney , North Carolina , Virginia

Middle Cheese: Romney Trails, But Not By Much



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Many, many readers have asked for updates from my nicknamed sources from previous election cycles. Circumstances prevent communications with one of my regulars, but “Middle Cheese” — nicknamed such because he was ranked in between the “big cheeses” and the “little cheeses” of the Bush-Cheney 2004 campaign – is able to reappear. Since that cycle, Middle Cheese has moved around to various positions in high-level GOP politics, and still talks to the “Big Cheeses” of the Romney campaign.

His latest thoughts:

Glad to be back at “The Kerry Spot,” as it was called in back in 2004 when I first started giving my “Middle Cheese” reports.  Time flies!

You asked about the Romney and RNC ground game– is it real?  Yes, it is and it’s a record-breaking one.  Just look at the numbers:  73,000 volunteers have made more than 26 million voter contacts.  2 million more door-knocks and six times more phone calls at this point four years ago. The Victory program has identified more than 2.2 million swing voters.

You ask:  Are any swing states looking particularly good or bad?  My sources in the Romney campaign say that they have expanded the battlefield into Obama 2008 states like Wisconsin, Colorado, and North Carolina.  The latter is clearly moving out of the Obama column, while the first two remain highly competitive (I think Paul Ryan will have significant coattails in Cheesehead land).

The hand-wringers in the GOP Beltway Establishment are fixated on the recent polling data coming out of Ohio and Florida.  To be sure, Obama is ahead in both states, but the fact the race remains close in most national polls makes it impossible for polls showing wide margins in Ohio and Florida to be accurate. 

I don’t want to be accused of sugarcoating the state of the race.  It’s very close, and Mitt is trailing slightly in a few swing states.  But it is a lifetime until Election Day, with three Presidential and one Veep debate to go.  Our ground game is strong. Overall, Romney-Ryan and the GOP has a $40 million cash on hand advantage over the Obama-Biden campaign.  More importantly, I expect to see Romney to make a larger case for how he would take our country in a fundamentally different direction than President Obama, not on on the economy, but on foreign policy as well. 

Tags: Barack Obama , Colorado , Mitt Romney , North Carolina , Polling , Wisconsin

A Tale of Two Polls in North Carolina



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If you ask Public Policy Polling, Obama leads North Carolina by one percentage point, 49 percent to 48 percent.

(For those wondering about PPP’s sample in this state, note that in the most recent voter-registration statistics, about 43 percent of the Tar Heel State’s voters are registered Democrats, and only about 31 percent are registered Republicans. Of course, not every registered voter is equally likely to vote in November, and a lot of North Carolina’s Democrats are relatively conservative.)

If you ask Civitas, Romney’s up 10:

In the wake of the Republican National Convention, a Civitas Institute Flash Poll found that Republican candidate Mitt Romney took a 10 percentage-point lead over President Obama.

The Flash Poll of 500 registered North Carolina voters was taken Sept. 4-6 and had a margin of error of plus-minus 4.5 percent. Asked if the election for President were held today who they would vote for, 53 percent chose Romney and 43 percent chose Obama.

Fifty percent of the voters had a favorable opinion of Romney, a former governor of Massachusetts; 40 percent had an unfavorable opinion. The survey showed that 50 percent of those polled had an unfavorable opinion of Obama, while 42 percent had a favorable one.

“Any one poll is just a snapshot. What is important are the overall trends,” said Civitas President Francis X. De Luca. “Our regular polling will show whether this Flash Poll is an outlier, or a harbinger of a new trend in voter sentiment.”

Asked if their opinion of Romney changed after the convention, 39 percent of those responding to the Flash Poll said it got more favorable, and 33 percent said it grew more unfavorable. Those voters also said they had a favorable opinion of the GOP convention, 46 percent favorable to 37 percent unfavorable, and of the Republican Party in general, 45 percent to 40 percent.

Click here for crosstabs.

Interestingly, the PPP survey, which has Obama ahead, only has a D+13 split (47–34) while Civitas, which has Obama trailing considerably, has a D+15 split (45–30). PPP has Obama and Romney tied among independents (48 each); the previous week, PPP found Romney leading this demographic 51-40.

Civitas finds Romney winning independents 49 percent to 40 percent.

PPP finds 17 percent of North Carolina Democrats backing Romney; Civitas finds 28 percent of this demographic backing the GOP nominee.

If you’re wondering whether the Civitas survey included the Democratic Convention bump for Obama, it was conducted from September 4 through 6, the days of the convention.

Tags: North Carolina , Polling

North Carolinians Vote on Gubernatorial Picks, Gay Marriage Amendment Today



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North Carolina also holds its primary today, and Democrats will select their gubernatorial nominee. Incumbent Bev Purdue, suffering low approval ratings, announced she would not run for reelection.

Six Democrats are seeking the nomination, with perhaps the best known among them former Rep. Bob Etheridge, who lost his House seat in 2010 after video surfaced of him confronting a young man on the street. The other candidates are Lt. Gov. Walter H. Dalton, state Rep.  “Bill” Faison, Jr., Gardenia Henley, Bruce Blackmon, Gary Dunn. Dalton leads the most recent poll; Etheridge had an early lead but it appears that in crunch time, his campaign… choked.

Six Republicans are seeking the GOP gubernatorial nomination, but polls indicate a likely easy win for former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory.

Also North Carolinians will head to the polls to vote on  a constitutional amendment would define marriage as a union between a man and a woman, and it has been a divisive issue across the state. The Charlotte Observer notes, “Polls uniformly show that the issue likely will pass, possibly by a comfortable margin.”

Obama took on this assault upon his fundamental values of tolerance and equal justice before the law by issuing a two-sentence written statement in March.

“While the president does not weigh in on every single ballot measure in every state, the record is clear that the President has long opposed divisive and discriminatory efforts to deny rights and benefits to same sex couples,” said Cameron French, his North Carolina campaign spokesman.

“That’s what the North Carolina ballot initiative would do – it would single out and discriminate against committed gay and lesbian couples – and that’s why the President does not support it.”  

North Carolina is another one of those states where the partisan composition of the electorate has changed since Obama was last on the ballot. According to Gallup, in 2009, 38.3 percent of respondents identified as Republicans; that figure is now 42.1 percent. Meanwhile, Democrats have slid from 47.4 percent of respondents to 43 percent.

Tags: Bob Etheridge , North Carolina , Pat McCrory

Democrats Losing Young Voters in North Carolina, Nevada



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A new analysis by researchers at Tufts University confirms what many suspected: Young people are less interested in the 2012 race than they were in the 2008 race, and the young voters who supported Barack Obama by wide margins last cycle are not, at this point, inclined to back the incumbent president by the same margin.

A new, comparative analysis of current voter registration data in the key electoral states of Nevada and North Carolina shows a drastic drop from  2008 levels, when a record-high proportion of young Americans turned out overwhelmingly to cast their votes to elect Barack Obama as President. 

“The state-specific data for young voters from both of these battleground states shows what can only be described as a profound loss of the registration advantage Democrats held during the 2008 election cycle,” said Peter Levine, Director of CIRCLE.  “That decline is a warning sign for Barack Obama, since more than two-thirds of young voters supported the Obama/Biden ticket in 2008.”

North Carolina — Between November 2008 and November 2011, North Carolina saw a net gain of 93,709 in the number of overall, new registrations.  However, youth registrants (ages 18-25) lost a net of 48,500 new registrations, while older adults (ages 26 and over) gained over 142,000 registrants. Of the 48,500 net loss in youth registrants, 80.4% were lost among registered Democrats, a net loss of 39,049 young Democratic registrants.

Nevada — Nevada’s registration rolls have shrunk by a net of 117,109 people since the 2008 election, of whom 50,912 (or 43% of the decline) are between the ages of 18-24.  The significant challenge for Democratic candidates in Nevada in 2012, including the re-election campaign of President Barack Obama, is not the ratio of Democrats to Republicans among Nevada youth, since Democratic young people still outnumber Republican young people on the registration rolls by 45,222 to 25,182. However, the potentially, negative electoral impact for the re-election campaign of President Obama is due to the decline in the youth share of all registrants — youth were 11% of Nevada’s registered voters in  2008 election but just 7.85% in October 2011.  Given the overwhelming support young voters showed President Obama’s 2008 campaign, with nearly two-thirds of young voters casting their ballot for Obama, this drop in the share of the electorate comprised of young voters could prove a major difficulty to the 2012 re-election campaign for President Obama in Nevada.

Unsurprisingly, both states rank among the 11 highest in the nation in unemployed young people:

NORTH CAROLINA

Youth Unemployment Rate (20-24): 18.4%

Youth Unemployment Rate (16-19): 27%

Number of Unemployed Youth: 124,000

Overall Unemployment Rate: 10.5%

NEVADA

Youth Unemployment Rate (20-24): 19.6%

Youth Unemployment Rate (16-19): 32.8%

Number of Unemployed Youth: 43,000

Overall Unemployment Rate: 14.4%

With numbers like these, why should young people be enthusiastic to vote for the status quo?

The other states with the highest youth unemployment rates: Washington, Arizona, Mississippi, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Ohio, California, West Virginia, South Carolina, Alabama.

Tags: Barack Obama , Nevada , North Carolina

Morgan Freeman Lends Voice to NC Republican?



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NC-04 — He really does narrate everything. If N.C. House candidate B.J. Lawson’s Facebook page is accurate, the voice in his new campaign ad belongs to none other than Morgan Freeman. It does sound like him. See/listen for yourself:

Lawson is trying to unseat 22-year incumbent Rep. David Price (D) in a rematch of 2008. Price won big that year, thanks in part to heavy turnout among African-Americans and students (the 4th district includes the hyper-liberal Chapel Hill, home of the University of North Carolina). However, without Barack Obama on the ballot this time, and given the mood of the nation at large, Price could be in for a shocker. If Lawson can pull off the upset here,  or even make it close, that would be good indicator that the GOP is in for a remarkable night on Tuesday.

Tags: Morgan Freeman , North Carolina

Tea Party Activist Endorses NC Democrat



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Yep, you read that right. Deborah Johns, former vice chair of the California-based Tea Party Express, announced she is endorsing Rep. Mike McIntyre (D., N.C.). She is also questioning the military record of McIntyre’s opponent:

Iraq war veteran Ilario Pantano, who’s challenging the seven-term Democrat, was charged by the Marines in 2004 with two counts of premeditated murder for shooting two Iraqi civilians. But the charges were dropped a year later and the case never went to trial. He wrote a book about the experience.

Activist Deborah Johns said Pantano “is not a war hero.”

“It is people like that that give all our military a bad name,” she told the Associated Press.

Pantano has already received the backing of a number of Tea Party groups. Johns, the mother of a Marine, has spoken out against Pantano before, when she backed his opponent Will Breazeale in the Republican primary. She said McIntyre is the first Democrat she’s endorsed.

Tags: North Carolina

Is David Price in Trouble?



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While it’s never a good idea to put too much stock in internal campaign poll results, this election season has proved that even the most improbable results deserve a second look. Which is why 10-term Rep. David Price (D., N.C.) better hope that a recent poll from opponent B.J. Lawson’s campaign is nothing more than manufactured publicity coming from a long-shot candidate:

William (B.J.) Lawson, MD, Republican challenger to Rep. David Price in North Carolina’s Fourth District, announces a turning point in his campaign as a recent poll shows that 46.5 percent of likely voters would elect him, as opposed to 46.1 percent who would vote to re-elect 22-year incumbent Rep. Price.

Lawson ran against Price in 2008, and despite being the incumbent’s most formidable opponent in more than a decade, still lost decisively, 37 percent to 63 percent. The 4th District voted for Obama over McCain by a similar margin. It’s hard to imagine that any Democrat could lose in this district, which includes bastion of collegiate liberalism Chapel Hill, but even if the DCCC is forced to lift a finger to defend Price’s seat, that would certainly be a cringe-inducing omen for Democrats everywhere.

Tags: North Carolina

I Guess Cal Cunningham’s Work Is Done



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Catching a bit of North Carolina television, Scott Lincicome notices Democrat Cal Cunningham pledging to “fight a war” against “unfair trade deals with China.”

Cunningham hopes to be the Democratic nominee against Sen. Richard Burr.

Scott observes:

There’s one rather big problem with this big promise: the United States has no trade “deals” with China, and we have no plans to enter into any such agreements. Indeed, China is one of the top targets of U.S. trade protection (through trade remedies proceedings), and our current president has imposed prohibitive tariffs on Chinese tires and routinely criticizes the country’s currency policies. The only thing even remotely close to a “trade deal with China” would, I guess, be the Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) legislation passed back in 2000 to cement China’s accession to the WTO (and to give the US the benefits of China’s new WTO market access commitments). But PNTR was a unilateral U.S. action, not an “agreement with China.”

Cunningham will also fight a war against underwear gnomes, manbearpig, the Loch Ness Monster, and the terror threat from the Islamic Republic of Kamistan.

Tags: Cal Cunningham , North Carolina

Independents Prove to Be North Carolina Democrats’ Achilles’ Tarheel



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I wonder if North Carolina House Democrats like Larry Kissell, Heath Shuler, and Mike McIntyre have seen this bit from Public Policy Polling:

This month we found [independents] planning to vote GOP by a 47-18 margin for the legislature and by a 46-19 margin in their Congressional races. You don’t have to go too far to find an explanation for why they’re leaning so heavily toward the Republicans. 63% of them disapprove of the job Barack Obama is doing to just 33% approving and Bev Perdue’s numbers with are even worse as 56% give her poor marks to just 23% who think she’s doing a good job. When you have the two most important Democratic officials getting those kinds of reviews from independents, it doesn’t do much to help the cause of their party’s other candidates.

PPP notes that these Democrats have to change the subject from health care. But wait, I thought the American people would learn to love the health care bill after it passed…

Tags: Heath Shuler , Larry Kissell , Mike McIntyre , North Carolina

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