NC Senate: Obama thanks Kay Hagan for “great work she’s doing”

When you’re locked in a tight race against all of your Republican challengers, the last thing you want to do is be tied to an unpopular president from your own party. That was something Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) was hoping to avoid by skipping out on President Barack Obama’s visit to North Carolina.

But at the beginning of his speech, President Obama went out of his way to acknowledge the North Carolina Democrat. “Your senator, Kay Hagan, couldn’t be here,” he told the crowd, “but I wanted to thank her – publicly – for the great work she’s been doing.”

Hagan is in trouble with Tar Heel State voters. According to the latest Public Policy Polling survey out of the state, the she trails all of her potential Republican opponents, though within the margin of error, and her ratings are underwater, with just 39% approving of her job performance, while 49% disapprove.

The botched Obamacare rollout and firestorm over health plan cancellations caused by the law’s regulations are largely why Hagan is facing problems.

Sixty-one percent (61%) of voters say that implementation of Obamacare has been unsuccessful, while 32% believe it was successful. Despite assurances from Hagan that North Carolinians could keep their health plans, some 473,000 people in the state saw their policies canceled because of the law’s narrowly written “grandfathered plan rules.”

Americans for Prosperity made sure to remind North Carolina voters of Hagan’s support for President Obama’s agenda, including Obamacare and the “Lie of the Year,” by running this ad during his visit to the state:

By the way, the most recent numbers for President Obama in North Carolina weren’t too hot. In December, Public Policy Polling found that 44% of voters in the state approved of his job performance, while 55% disapproved.

Though Hagan’s staff claims that her responsibilities in the Senate kept her from joining President Obama yesterday, in 2011, the North Carolina Democrat went out of her way to be seen with him, leaving Washington to greet him on the tarmac and flying back on the same day.

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