12 Days: NC Newspapers Agree: No Second Term for Dole

DAY 12

Newspapers across the state agree – Kay Hagan is best choice to represent North Carolina in the U.S. Senate. What else do they agree on? Elizabeth Dole’s lackluster performance just didn’t work for North Carolina’s families. Kay has garnered every newspaper endorsement that has been offered, including all of the major daily newspapers. In addition to praising Kay’s intelligence, energy and effectiveness, the endorsements also call out Dole for her absenteeism, partisanship and ineffectiveness. Her brand of special interest politics just hasn’t worked for North Carolina.

Wilmington Star News: Dole “Has Not Earned Another Term.” In its endorsement of State Senator Kay Hagan for the U.S. Senate, the Wilmington Star News wrote, “what is certain is that Elizabeth Dole has not given North Carolina her full attention in six years in the Senate. She has not earned another term.” [Wilmington Star News, Editorial, 10/21/08]

Wilmington Star News: Dole “Is Not Doing Her Job, Which Is To Represent The People Of North Carolina.” In its endorsement of State Senator Kay Hagan for the U.S. Senate, the Wilmington Star News wrote, “Republican Elizabeth Dole has not lived in her home state in several decades…She’s not doing her job, which is to represent the people of North Carolina.” The editorial also noted that “despite [Dole’s] name and her experience in government and the private sector, Dole ranks in the bottom 10 in effectiveness in the Senate.” [Wilmington Star News, Editorial, 10/21/08]

Wilmington Star News: “Dole Failed To Show Leadership.” In its endorsement of State Senator Kay Hagan for the U.S. Senate, the Wilmington Star News wrote, “Dole failed to show leadership whne the Navy proposed a landing field near a bird refuge in the northeastern part of the state.” [Wilmington Star News, Editorial, 10/21/08]

Raleigh News & Observer: Dole Is An Asset & Consistent Ally Of President Bush. In its endorsement of State Senator Kay Hagan for the U.S. Senate, the Raleigh News & Observer wrote, “the Bush administration counts [Dole] as an asset…a consistent ally of that president.” Even when Dole has disagreed with President Bush, the editorial wrote that “her own routes haven’t always been right.” The editorial noted that Dole “has followed the White House credo with regard to foreign policy and Iraq and on most domestic issues, where the administration's record is undistinguished.” [Raleigh News & Observer, Editorial, 10/22/08]

Raleigh News & Observer: Dole Has “Not Shown Much Imagination When It Comes To Energy Policy.” In its endorsement of State Senator Kay Hagan for the U.S. Senate, the Raleigh News & Observer wrote, Dole “has not shown much imagination when it comes to energy policy.” [Raleigh News & Observer, Editorial, 10/22/08]

Durham Herald-Sun: Dole Could Have Taken A More Active Role In The Senate. In an editorial endorsing Kay Hagan for U.S. Senate, the Durham-Herald Sun wrote, “We can't help but think [Dole] could have taken a more active role during her six years in the Senate.” [Durham Herald-Sun, Editorial, 10/17/08]

Charlotte Observer: Dole Has Shown “Ineffectiveness In Representing North Carolina.” The Charlotte Observer, in its endorsement of Democratic Senate candidate Kay Hagan, wrote that Dole’s “ineffectiveness in representing North Carolina is such a surprise and such a disappointment.” The editorial also noted that “over the past six years, Dole’s record of accomplishments on behalf of North Carolina is modest. We have no reason to expect that it will be dramatically different in a second term. She has taken the lead on no more than one or two initiatives during her first term.” [Charlotte Observer, Editorial, 12/12/08]

Charlotte Observer: Dole’s Life In Washington, Not North Carolina, “Has Shown In Her Representation.” The Charlotte Observer, in its endorsement of State Senator Kay Hagan, noted that Dole “has lived most of the last four decades in Washington,” and that it “has shown in her representation.” [Charlotte Observer, Editorial, 12/12/08]

Charlotte Observer: Dole “Has Been A Voice For Her Party,” Rather Than Being An Independent Voice For North Carolina. The Charlotte Observer, in its endorsement of State Senator Kay Hagan, wrote, “Another troubling aspect of her leadership: She has been a voice for her party far more times than she has acted independently.” [Charlotte Observer, Editorial, 12/12/08]

Asheville Citizen Times: Dole Has Failed North Carolina. In its endorsement of Kay Hagan for U.S. Senate, the Asheville Citizen Times wrote that Dole is not a good choice for North Carolina because of Dole’s “failure to use her position on the banking committee to more effect in averting the current economic crisis and her too-frequent absence from the state have distanced her from her constituents.” The editorial also noted that “she does not appear to have played a significant role in negotiations to address the credit crisis.” [Asheville Citizen Times, Editorial, 10/9/08]

Dole Has Failed To Become A Leader In The Senate. In its endorsement of State Senator Kay Hagan for U.S. Senate, the Asheville Citizen Times wrote, “Dole has failed to translate her knowledge and experience into the kind of clout and activism that would make her a force in the Senate.” [Asheville Citizen Times, Editorial, 10/9/08]

Winston-Salem Journal: Dole Has Been Ineffective. The Winston-Salem Journal endorsed Kay Hagan for U.S. Senate, in which it said that the publication had concerns that Dole “would not be an effective advocate for us…our concerns have proved to be accurate.” [Winston-Salem Journal, Editorial, 10/10/08]

Winston-Salem Journal: Dole “Reserved Her Best Efforts For Issues Of Importance To The National Republican Party And The Bush Administration, Not North Carolinians.” In its endorsement of State Senator Kay Hagan for U.S. Senate, the Winston-Salem Journal wrote, “Dole has reserved her best efforts for issues of importance to the national Republican Party and the Bush administration, not North Carolinians.” [Winston-Salem Journal, Editorial, 10/10/08]

Greensboro News & Record: Dole “Has Not Gained As Much Influence In The Senate” As She Should Have. In its endorsement of the State Senator Kay Hagan for the U.S. Senate, the Greensboro News and Record wrote, Dole “not gained as much influence in the Senate as her Washington experience should have earned for her, nor been as visible in North Carolina as she should have.” [Greensboro News & Record, Editorial, 10/5/08]

Greensboro News & Record: Dole Has Aligned With Bush “On Most Issues Over The Years.” In its endorsement of the State Senator Kay Hagan for the U.S. Senate, the Greensboro News and Record wrote that Dole has “[aligned] with President Bush on most issues over the years, from the Iraq war to massive deficit spending.” [Greensboro News & Record, Editorial, 10/5/08]

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