Americans for Prosperity Launches New Attack Ad on NC's Hagan

Saturday, 15 Feb 2014 04:10 PM

By Todd Beamon

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Americans for Prosperity continued its assault on North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan on Saturday with a new ad deriding her support of Obamacare in an MSNBC interview this week.

"Sen. Kay Hagan has trouble telling time," the 30-second spot begins, picturing the first-term Democrat with President Barack Obama. She then is quoted as saying, "What we want to show is that the Affordable Care Act is something whose time has come."

Hagan, who is facing six potential Republican challengers this fall, made the remark in an interview on Wednesday on "All in With Chris Hayes" on MSNBC.

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The spot then cites how 473,000 North Carolina residents have lost their health coverage because of Obamacare — while many others have seen higher premiums and deductibles or have lost access to doctors because of the healthcare plan.

"Call Senator Hagan," the spot then says. "Tell her Obamacare is not the answer."

"It is disappointing to see Senator Hagan go on a far-left talk show to defend her decisive vote for a law that is causing canceled insurance plans, lost access to doctors, and higher costs," said Tim Phillips, the group's president, said of the new spot in a statement.

"Rather than continuing to play politics, Hagan should get real with North Carolina and admit that Obamacare is not the answer."

Americans for Prosperity, which was co-founded by billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, has spent $8.2 million on TV, radio and Internet ads to try to defeat Hagan's re-election bid, according to news reports.

Hagan trails all of her potential Republican challengers in the latest survey by Public Policy Polling. The challengers are squaring off in a May 6 GOP primary.

Fifty percent of the state's voters disapprove of the job she's doing and her approval rating, 41 percent, closely mirrors Obamacare's approval in the state, which is at 38, the survey found.

Hagan's polling numbers began plunging four months ago, when ads tying her to Obamacare began airing across the state.

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