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10.2.20

ICYMI: In The Final #NCSEN Debate, Senator Tillis Failed To Defend His Record Attacking Health Care & Caving To His Corporate Donors Instead Of Standing Up For North Carolina

After announcing a record-breaking fundraising haul Thursday afternoon, Cal Cunningham made a strong case to North Carolina voters in the final North Carolina Senate Debate, arguing that time and time again, Senator Tillis has caved to partisan interests and corporate donors instead of standing up for North Carolina. Read the statement from Devan Barber, campaign manager for Cal Cunningham’s campaign, following the debate. 

WATCH: Five key exchanges from last night’s third and final North Carolina U.S. Senate Debate. 

On SCOTUS, Senator Tillis’ response not only reeked of hypocrisy, but demonstrated to viewers that he “is clinging to Trump’s coattails in a desperate hope that his blind subservience to the president can get him re-elected,” prioritizing his partisan interests ahead of North Carolina’s best interest. Cal slammed Senator Tillis for his lack of independence: “Rather than be that check and balance, Senator Tillis has written a blank check for the state of North Carolina, sight unseen, without asking a question, without putting her through a job interview.”

That’s why it’s no surprise that Senator Tillis said he’d support the President’s nominee, even if that means they’ll vote to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and its protections for those with pre-existing conditions. While Cal Cunningham discussed his plan to protect and build on the Affordable Care Act, Senator Tillis “didn’t have a clear answer about what the exact plan would be,” even during a global pandemic when millions are losing their health care. Spectrum News reports: “Pushed on his plan to replace Obamacare, Tillis said, ‘We have to have a comprehensive plan.’ He said Republicans will be ‘rolling out a plan,’ but gave no details.” Attempting political cover, Senator Tillis tried to pass his sham health care bill, the Protect Act, this week, but Cal called it out as the “Pretend Act,” noting that experts have said it fails to protect pre-existing condition protections.

Another key difference between the candidates on the stage Thursday night was that there was only one candidate who has taken contributions from corporate PACs — that’s Senator Tillis. Cal Cunningham took Tillis to task for his 2017 tax bill that rewarded his corporate donors with a $2 trillion tax cut, instead of working to support North Carolina families: “Senator Tillis likes to talk about cutting taxes, but he doesn’t like to make it clear who’s taxes he’s cutting.”

Cal understands that climate change is one of the most urgent issues facing our state, but Senator Tillis failed to explain why he’s in the pocket of oil and gas donors, and has done their bidding: “With $500,000 in his campaign account, he’s been doing their work in Washington.”

On issue after issue, it was crystal clear to North Carolina voters who Cal Cunningham will fight for in the U.S. Senate, standing in stark contrast to Senator Tillis’ inability to put the people of North Carolina first. Noting Senator Tillis’ own test of independence, Cal said: “Senator Tillis went to Washington and voted with the President 99 percent of the time. By his own standard, he should be fired.” 

Read more about last night’s debate: 

  • Spectrum: “‘We need to protect those with unemployment insurance. We need to put that $600 a week in the hands of those who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own. We need to support our educators, make sure they have the tools they need,” Cunningham said at the beginning of the debate.’”
  • News & Observer: “‘(Tillis) said any senator that would vote 95% of the time with a president is not moderate, is not bipartisan and that voting with the president 95% of the time is ground for firing,” Cunningham said. “Senator Tillis then went to Washington and has voted with this president 99% of the time. By his own standard, he should be fired.’”
  • Associated Press: “Cunningham signaled support for the new process because he wants to ensure all eligible votes can be counted. “We want people to participate, and I have confidence that we will end up in a place where folks will and should have confidence in the outcome,” Cunningham said.”

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