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NC Sen. Richard Burr to Make his Re-Election Campaign About Obama Foreign Policy

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By    |   Thursday, 02 Apr 2015 07:00 AM

North Carolina's senior Republican Sen. Richard Burr who is up for re-election in 2016 plans to make foreign policy the centerpiece of his campaign, the National Journal reported.

"Potentially, you're going to go into the next election with the Democratic nominee and possibly the Democratic Party saying, 'Don't blame me for the failed foreign policy of the last administration,'" Burr told the Journal. "That's going to be the reference point."

The Almanac of American Politics characterized him as showing little interest in self-promotion. He took over as chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence in January.

Burr is considered vulnerable especially in a presidential election year and because he is not all that familiar to many in the state. Mitt Romney narrowly carried the state in 2012 over President Barack Obama. John McCain lost to Obama by just 0.3 points in 2008.

The Hill
described North Carolina as "disconnected" having "15 separate media markets." The senator recently raised $1 million for his re-election effort and no Democrat has yet emerged as a clear challenger, the Hill reported.

"Given 2014 ended up being an election about national security in the last three weeks, that gives me every reason to believe that foreign policy [and] national security will probably be the single biggest issue in the next election," Burr told the Journal.

Republican Thom Tillis won in 2014 overcoming senator Kay Hagan. She has been mentioned as a potential Burr opponent.

Burr's senior political adviser Paul Shumaker argued that with the North Carolina economy generally doing well, "better than a lot of other parts in the country," it made sense to put the emphasis on foreign policy.

"I hope these guys run their campaigns trying to scare people on foreign policy," said Democratic strategist John Anzalone, "because it's ridiculous," the Journal reported.

Democrats can be expected to argue that even on foreign policy Burr was wrong to sign on to a letter to the Iranian leadership advising them that Obama does not have unlimited powers under the American political system to strike a nuclear agreement.

Most Americans, polls show and Democrats will emphasize, while not expecting a deal with the Iranians to endure nevertheless prefer it to the prospect of war.

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