Politics & Government

Middle-class tour rolls (quietly) into Charlotte

A bus dubbed “Put the Middle Class First” started its North Carolina tour in Charlotte Wednesday morning, but not many people were there to see it.

Only one reporter and a photographer showed up at a west Charlotte union hall as the big blue bus pulled in. Aides jumped out and unloaded a podium and sound system and handed out posters for a handful of supporters to hold as a backdrop.

The bus was sponsored by the liberal group Americans United for Change. Brad Woodhouse, the group’s president, praised Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan as he talked about the importance of the N.C. Senate election.

He pointed to the measures on the side of the bus, including raising the minimum wage, equal pay for equal work and making college affordable.

“These are really the bread and butter issues this election is about,” he said. “(Republican) Thom Tillis wants to make this election about a lot of other things. He wants to make it a referendum on Washington.”

Woodhouse was joined by former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, president of the liberal Center for American Progress Action Fund.