• Paul Ryan campaigns with Thom Tillis in Wingate

    By: Mark Becker


    WINGATE - North Carolina’s Senate race is in its stretch run, and each side is bringing in heavy hitters from their respective political parties to energize their supporters.

    On Wednesday, Wisconsin U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, who was the Republican candidate for vice-president in 2012, was at Wingate University campaigning for fellow Republican Thom Tillis.

    Ryan told about 150 supporters -- many of them students -- that Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan has been ineffective, and has simply gone along with Democratic leadership in the Senate and White House too many times.

    “Harry Reid and his rubber stamp Kay Hagan are stopping anything from getting done in the United States Senate so Barack Obama can say I've got a phone and a pen and I'm going to go it alone,” Ryan told the crowd.

    Later he told reporters that the vote here is critical when control of the Senate hangs in the balance.

    “We're counting on North Carolina to break the logjam, to get things done and to see real solutions which we haven't seen for a while.”

    Tillis spoke briefly at the rally and also took aim at Hagan and her connection to President Obama.

    “Senator Hagan said -she promised us she was going to Washington and be different - she broke her promise,” Tillis said.

    Tillis did not stop for questions afterward, but political analysts suggest that the last 13 days of the campaign will be frantic as both sides try to get out the vote, and Hagan will also be using star power to do that.

    “This is the time to bring out those heavy hitters in the Democratic Party,” said Dr. Michael Bitzer, a political analyst for Channel 9.

    Hillary Clinton is already scheduled to visit North Carolina over the weekend to campaign for Senator Hagan, and Bitzer said it is possible that former president Bill Clinton would make an appearance here before Election Day.

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