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I know this isn't a boxing

I know this isn't a boxing match, but I do so wish someone would slap that evil grin off Mr. Divide-and-Conquer Tillis. God help us if that jerk gets elected to the US Senate.

Love it. The only thing

missing is a voice-over by Howard Cosell. :)

Howard

Listening on WUNC-FM

Where the "commentary" is about as lame as you could ask for. Ugh. Anybody got a better link?

Introductions

Uneventful.

Opening statements.
Respond to questions from journalists (not real people)
Candidates can ask each other questions.
Tillis up first.

Hagan on Tillis' wrong priorities

Tax cuts for millionaires before everyone else.
Speaker Tillis feels that those who have the most should get the most help.
Economy should work for everyone.

Powerful opening, Kay. Stand strong.

Tillis on Obama and Syria

Has nothing to say about the future. Attacking President Obama.
Foreign policy in the United States? Seriously.

Hagan on ISIS

Sounds like a serious war-hawk. Wants to have airstrikes in Syria.

Oy.

Health care

I'm sorry, I can't stand listening to Tillis lie.

NC is 48th in the nation

Speaker Tillis is bragging about that?

Kay is on a roll. Nice job.

Immigration needs bipartisan reform

Another place to show her hawk cred. I'm surprised that Tillis thinks attacking Obama is a winning strategy.

Note to Thom Tillis:

I am a veteran and I would rather be dead than have you as my Senator.

$500,000 pulled out of public

$500,000 pulled out of public education.

Thom Tillis wants government to get out of the way, except when he's making millions caused by government regulation.

Minimum wage

Tillis just shot himself in the foot: it should be up to the states to fix the minimum wage, which he hasn't done or even attempted.

Also: why does Tillis seem to be getting most of the last words on these issues? Am I imagining that?

He's sticking to his script

and saying the same thing again and again. Kay's broken promises is his number one campaign message and he's sticking with it.

Watching now

Glad to see education to getting some good coverage so far.

13% unemployment rate

Tillis owns it. Tillis rejected $780 million in unemployment insurance.

Tillis lies about unemployment rate, again.

7%

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My main takeaway

Thom Tillis is an asshole, pure and simple. He made his "problem with women" a hundred times worse tonight.

Yep. And even that BS

about over-the-counter birth control proved he wanted women to pay out-of-pocket instead of the insurance companies being responsible for it.

It's no wonder he doesn't want to debate in front of the League of Women Voters. He wouldn't stand a chance.

Lifted from another FB thread

Lifted from another FB thread where Janet Colm, the former CEO of Planned Parenthood, had this to say about Thom Tillis' OTC contraception ALEC talking point:

"The biggest problem with OTC contraception is that it won't be covered by insurance. And the most effective methods (IUD's and injectibles) can't be dispensed OTC. This is a Republican talking point that diverts attention from the real issues. 98% of women use birth control; the only thing controversial is that it's 2014 and we're still fighting for it.

Thank you, Janet Colm

This was a new approach even for me, and I try to keep up with most issues of priority for women.

Martha Brock

Tillis

wants to repeal Obamacare. That's it.

I would vote for a yellow dog before I would vote for Tillis

But, like Laura Leslie of WRAL, I think both candidates need to brush up before the big October debate.

I don't know who chose the questions, but where were those about protecting our air and water--and regulating fracking? Why did Sen. Hagan (NOT "Kay") not explain there are many problems in the area of health and mental health that still need fixing, and she has been in the position to work on those on the Senate HELP committee. Please, Sen. Hagan: Use your incumbency to your advantage more next time, damn it.

And the issues not addressed by Tillis' House on healthcare--Medicaid not expanded or reformed for one--deserve a spotlight. He is trying to hide all the damage done to poor North Carolinians by deflecting the issue and tying the Senator to the President instead. Yeah, it will get him a lot of votes--but I suspect less than he is counting on. If voters knew the whole truth about the GOP agenda, they would reject Tillis. Hagan tried to nail him with her repeated references to his "priorities," but I would guess many voters need to know more clearly what the Speaker's priorities are in simple English.

Tillis does not tell the whole truth, but it is hard to refute his half-truths. I would prefer to have reasons to vote for Sen. Hagan instead of reasons to vote against Thom Tillis.

And James, you are sure right about Tillis and liking the number '7'.

Martha Brock

Good analysis, Martha.

Good analysis, Martha. Thanks for the link to Laura's comments.