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78 Days: Dole Votes to Cut Increased Funding for Veterans 22 Times

DAY 78

Despite five years of voting against veterans' funding, Elizabeth Dole will no doubt make inflated claims about her unwavering support for veterans at the opening of the new VA Clinic in Charlotte today. But Dole should know that a nice photo op can't hide her 22 votes against health care and benefits for veterans. Kay will hold her fifth Veterans Town Hall in Fayetteville today to continue her conversation about how our elected officials can truly keep our promises to our veterans - even when the cameras aren't looking.

Since 2003, Dole Has Voted In Favor Of Cuts Or Against Increased Funding For Veterans 22 Times. Since being elected to office in 2003, Dole has voted to cut or against increased funding for veterans 22 times.

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79 Days: Dole turns the goal of higher education into a pipe dream

DAY 79

When Elizabeth Dole voted for the largest student loan cut in history, she turned the goal of higher education into a pipe dream for millions of Americans who depend on federal loans to attend college. Dole’s votes to cut grants and loans and remove tax benefits for students have padlocked the gateway to a better future. And even though countless students now have to scrimp and save every cent to make their college dreams a reality, Dole has hardly been around to see any of the fallout from her heartless votes.

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80 Days: Dole toughens bankruptcy laws on single parents, teenagers, veterans and disabled workers

DAY 80

In the past year, North Carolinians have been forced to file for bankruptcy in record numbers, but they should not expect any help from Elizabeth Dole as this alarming trend continues to worsen along with the souring economy. In the Senate, Dole has voted to toughen bankruptcy laws on single parents, teenagers, veterans and disabled workers. She even voted against requiring credit card companies to give credit counseling to those in debt. Kay authored legislation in the state Senate that ultimately brought financial literacy courses to high school students so that the next generation of North Carolinians will be armed against this frightening problem.

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81 Days: Dole Makes Taxpayers Foot the bill for Iraq War

DAY 81

While the United States pays $100 billion to Iraqi contractors while playing referee in an Iraqi civil war, Elizabeth Dole has been in Washington voting against measures that would rein in costs associated with the War. Dole’s refusal to authorize investigations of rampant waste and fraud in the contracting process has left American taxpayers to foot the bill of a mismanaged war at a time when many hardworking families don’t have a penny to spare.

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82 Days: Dole isn't Celebrating the Anniversary of Social Security

DAY 82

Today is the 73rd anniversary of the Social Security Act becoming law, and though millions of hardworking Americans benefit from its provisions, Elizabeth Dole certainly isn’t celebrating. She has been an outspoken advocate for privatization – voting to raid the fund’s surpluses, allowing the program to be subjected to the whims of the stock market and even going so far as to campaign with President Bush for this drastic and unpopular alternative.


Kay Hagan on the other hand, had something else to say to commemorate this historic anniversary:

“Social Security has been a vital part of this country for the past 73 years, and will continue to be into the future."

“President Roosevelt’s visionary plan has helped millions of workers and their families realize part of the American dream. While Social Security is currently projected to be able to pay full benefits without any policy changes for 33 years, the next Congress and our new President will have work to continue honoring the promise between the government and Americans who have spent their lives working.”

“The $9 trillion George Bush-sponsored and Republican-supported debt is the biggest threat to Social Security.”

“When I’m in the U.S. Senate I’ll work with my colleagues to restore fiscal responsibility so we can increase the solvency of the Social Security system without limiting eligibility, reducing benefits, or privatizing any aspect of it.”
-U.S. Senate Candidate Kay Hagan (D-NC)

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83 Days: Elizabeth Dole Leaves Families Behind

DAY 83

Elizabeth Dole was more than happy to acknowledge the value of the Family Medical Leave Act during her 2002 campaign for Senate, but where was she 20 years ago when working parents needed an ally on their side? As Labor Secretary, Dole recommended that President Bush veto this hallmark piece of legislation. Her current support for this fundamental program is contradicted by her years of opposition, and standing in the way of efforts to help working families.

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84 Days: Elizabeth Dole: Cutting Benefits, Tax Breaks for Special Interests

DAY 84

Despite having 1.5 million constituents enrolled in Medicaid, Elizabeth Dole has continually voted to cut millions of dollars in funding and slash benefits to the program that is a lifeline to so many North Carolinians, choosing instead to provide tax breaks for her special interest friends. How much spin will she need this time to defend her callous votes when she discusses Medicaid funding during a tour of a Charlotte medical facility today?

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85 Days: Dole Spends America into a Hole

DAY 85

During her time in the Senate, Elizabeth Dole has proven her fiscal irresponsibility by voting time and again to spend America into a hole. Despite claims of fiscal restraint, Dole and President Bush have squandered record surpluses and racked up the largest national debt that America has ever seen.

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86 Days: Dole's Confidence in Bush & Iraq

Day 86: Dole's Confidence in Bush & Iraq

Six years ago, as America was bracing itself for war, Elizabeth Dole could be found in her usual spot - right in line behind President Bush. Her blind loyalty to President Bush and his administration helped throw America into a mismanaged war that has not made America or North Carolina any safer. Having voted with President Bush 92% of the time, and consistently voting to continue this war, Dole has been nothing more than a rubberstamp for the failed policies that have put our country on the wrong track.

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87 Days: Dole pads campaign coffers as North Carolinians fall to foreclosure

Day 87: Dole pads campaign coffers as North Carolinians fall to foreclosure

Where was Elizabeth Dole when tens of thousands of North Carolinians fell victim to the subprime mortgage crisis and were forced to file for foreclosure on their homes? She was busy padding her campaign coffers with money from Countrywide Financial – the very company that is now under federal investigation for their role in the mortgage mess. While hardworking North Carolina families were hit by a 78% increase in home foreclosures, Dole was once again proving that her loyalties lie with Washington lobbyists and special interests, not with the people of North Carolina.

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