An American Legion event in Charlotte, N.C. Tuesday is shaping up to be hostile territory for attendee Barack Obama – even within his own party.
Sen. Kay Hagan, the incumbent Democrat hoping to defeat Republican challenger Thom Tillis in the upcoming general election, released a statement indicating she is not on board with the increasingly unpopular president’s agenda. Gearing her comments toward the crowd that will be attending this week’s conference, she mentioned the administration’s underwhelming response to concerns over delayed treatment and an alleged cover-up within the Department of Veterans Affairs.
“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,” she said. “I hope to hear the president address these challenges at the American Legion’s National Convention in Charlotte.”
As for Tillis, his campaign released its own statement insisting that Hagan bears the blame for plenty of issues that have harmed her state and the nation as a result of her voting record.
“Kay Hagan is refusing to take any responsibility for breaking her promises to veterans,” the statement explained, “instead pointing blame at the Obama administration to distract from her own failures.”
Hagan is far from the first Democrat candidate to shy away from Obama and his policies in recent months.
As Breitbart reported earlier this year, more than a dozen prominent Democrats have publicly announced a cooling attitude toward this administration’s most ambitious law: ObamaCare.
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University of North Carolina at Greensboro political scientist Jerry Pubantz explained that Obama’s trouble in the polls – especially in North Carolina – is a valid reason for Hagan and others in his party to distance themselves from him. He cautioned that public sentiment is improving “on the healthcare front,” however, urging Democrats not to turn their backs on the program.
“If you look at the numbers in terms of people enrolling and if you’re going to have a campaign at the end that sort of says, ‘do you want to keep your benefits you’ve earned and want to turn that vote out,’” he said, “it’s important in some sense to associate Hagan and, more importantly, put Tillis in the camp that’s absolutely opposed to that.”