Friday, October 18, 2013

GOP Senate candidates against budget deal

It looks like North Carolina’s Republican U.S. Senate primary will be fought on the right -- and set up an even clearer contrast to Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan.

The three major GOP Senate candidates all would have voted 'no' on last week’s Congressional measure to end the federal shutdown and avert a deadline to raise the debt limit.

The Senate passed the measure 81-18 on Wednesday. Both N.C. senators -- Republican Richard Burr and Hagan -- voted in the majority. (Only three of the state's nine GOP House members, Robert Pittenger, Howard Coble and Patrick McHenry, voted for the bill, which passed the House on the strength of Democratic votes.) 

But three Republicans vying for Hagan’s seat opposed the bill.

“Kicking the can down the road does not solve any problems, it only creates a bigger mess,” House Speaker Thom Tillis said in a statement. “The President and Congress owe the American people a fiscally responsible budget focused on ensuring a sound economy and a safe America ... I could not have supported this legislation.”

Greg Brannon, a Cary physician, was endorsed by Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul on the day of the vote. Paul was a vocal opponent of the compromise.

“The deal ... gives President Obama carte blanche authority to increase our national debt and does nothing to address out-of-control federal spending,” Brannon said. “If elected, I will not support a debt ceiling increase unless it includes real spending reform such as the elimination of our economy's biggest threat, Obamacare.”

And Charlotte pastor Mark Harris blamed Democrats for what he called the “Obama/Reid” shutdown, a reference to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada.

“I could not support a bill to increase the debt limit without a plan to reduce government spending, and lower taxes,” Harris said. “We need real leadership in D.C. and it’s time North Carolina elected a senator that isn't so beholden to the president and the national Democrats.”


Anonymous said...

Shocking news. 3 Republican candidates espoused these views. Unbelievable. Probably just used generic press releases with "insert here" language.

Anonymous said...

like always,they talk a lot about what they think is wrong and spend more time trying to tear the President down. However they never have answers or solutions.

The Republican party has become an entity with no soul,no direction and for the most part just a destructive force.

Anonymous said...

And now the propaganda from the Tea Party is trying to convince us that this fiasco was about the budget.

The Republicans are once again trying to rewrite history.

The simple fact is that the Republican Party has declared war on the Democrats and they don't care who gets trampled in the process.

Anonymous said...

From this point forward the Tea Party in NC must move forward with new candidates to replace Hagan and the three traders in Congress in 2014, and Burr in 2016.We took control of Congress in 2010 and with unified help from all Tea Party members we will prevail again!

Anonymous said...

They declared war on the Democrats and
the President the day after he won his first term. They will stop at nothing in order to achieve this objective....Even if it means destroying the country.

The fact is they lost an election because their candidate was inferior.
Their message to the country was hate filled and lacking.

When you see your opponent committing
suicide....get out of the way.
That is what the Dems. have done to the Reps.

CharlotteObserver said...

So many folks on here and in this country are begging for more, and more socialism.

And yet they say the Republicans offer no alternatives.

One would think to have the government quit its outrageous spending first, would have been the alternative we would have all demanded from our government.

But as we have seen, folks clapped for the socialist health care. One can just imagine what they will yell hurrah's for one day soon.

Anonymous said...

we all lost and will continue to lose as long as spending is not reigned in point

WashuOtaku said...

I am not fond of the fact that all three are pushing for the far-right vote here. As a Republican myself, I can't see myself voting for any of them at this point. Burr was right and that is why I support him still... it's country first. Unless they move back towards the center-right after the primary election, I can not see how Kay Hagan will lose this election.

Anonymous said...

A "pastor" trying to deny poor people healthcare. Jesus would be so proud.

Anonymous said...

A pastor trying to deny poor people healthcare. Jesus would be so pleased.

Anonymous said...

@10/18/2013 12:56:00 PM -
Please look up Socialism in the dictionary.

Buying insurance from PRIVATE insurance companies is not even remotely close to Socialism.

Anonymous said...

Republicans have a simple plan---reduce spending.

Why liberals can't understand this is perplexing to me. I wish some lib would explain.

CharlotteObserver said...

3:27 PM. When you are born in the US, or you live in the US, you have to buy health insurance or pay a fine.

And the fine is collected by the IRS from you.

That is the legacy you have allowed for what the US will become.

Experience praises the most happy, the one who made the most people happy.

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