Kay Hagan: ‘Obama Has A Lot On His Plate’ Like The BP Oil Spill


According to Sen. Kay Hagan (D., N.C.), President Obama has not achieved anything in the past four years.

MSNBC reporter Kasie Hunt asked Hagan about President Obama’s leadership on Tuesday during a campaign stop in Wilson, N.C. Hagan, who has been repeatedly tied to Obama’s policies by Republican opponent Thom Tillis, said the president "has a lot on his plate."

"You know, President Obama has a lot on his plate," Hagan said. "Whether it’s the oil spill that took place earlier, a number of years ago in the Gulf, to this Ebola crisis now, to ISIS gaining strength–you look at all the combination of things like that."

Hagan refused to rate Obama’s level of leadership but said, "We have definitely been late to the table" on a number of issues including Ebola.

Hagan, along with other Democrats seeking re-election, is facing tough scrutiny from voters over strict Democratic voting records. While Hagan votes with Obama 96 percent of the time, she said she cannot name an instance in which her party leader showed strong leadership since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010.

Hagan and Tillis are engaged in one of the most contentious races of the midterms, and the most expensive U.S. Senate race in history.

The Washington Post reported Wednesday that $26 million has been spent on television ads attacking Tillis.

Earlier this week Tillis participated in a live debate alone, as Hagan declined the invitation.

Kirsten Hunter   Email Kirsten | Full Bio | RSS
Kirsten Hunter is a media analyst for the Washington Free Beacon. She previously worked for Sen. Scott Brown in Massachusetts and as a research assistant on the best-selling textbook, American Government: Roots and Reform. Most recently, she served as social media coordinator and reporter for independent political sites. She graduated from High Point University in December 2013.

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