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Kay Hagan U.S. Senate campaign

WHAT THE AD SAYS

AUDIO: Announcer: “Major newspapers across the state are endorsing Kay Hagan for U.S. Senate. Calling Hagan a bundle of brains and energy. A businesswoman, mother of three, Kay's ranked one of North Carolina's 10 most effective senators with a moderate and business-friendly record.

“Her priorities include fiscal responsibility, investing in education, health care reform and new energy development.

“Kay Hagan. Exactly the change our economy needs.”

Hagan: “I'm Kay Hagan and I approve this message.”

IMAGES: The ad features shots of Hagan engaged in various conversations and activities and includes text showing the sources for the ads' claims.

WHAT THE RECORD SHOWS

The ad quotes heavily from unsigned newspaper editorials endorsing Hagan. The Winston-Salem Journal called her a “bundle of brains and energy.”

After law school, Hagan went to work for NationsBank, now Bank of America, where she was a vice president. In 1988, after 10 years, she left the company and was elected to the state Senate.

Hagan has three adult children.

The N.C. Center for Public Policy Research, a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank, ranked Hagan as the seventh most effective state senator in 2007. She has ranked in the top 10 since 2003.

Hagan lives in Greensboro. An unsigned editorial in the Greensboro News & Record said, “Hagan's record has been moderate and business-friendly.” The editorial went on to say that her priorities are “fiscal responsibility, investing in effective education policies, health care reform, new energy development and what she calls a ‘whole list of pocketbook issues.'”

IS THE AD ACCURATE?

Mostly. Hagan has been endorsed by at least eight newspapers in North Carolina. The last corporate experience she had was 20 years ago, so it's a stretch to call her a businesswoman.

BENJAMIN NIOLET, (Raleigh) News & Observer
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