In this Wednesday, April 16, 2014 photo, Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., listens during an appearance in Durham, N.C. Hagan has tried for her first 5 1/2 years in the U.S. Senate to persuade North Carolina voters that being in the middle of the road is a good thing. Hagan released her first commercial in her bid to win re-election, a statewide radio spot criticizing Tillis, even though he's just one of eight candidates in the May 6 GOP primary. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

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In this Wednesday, April 16, 2014 photo, Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., listens during an appearance in Durham, N.C. Hagan has tried for her first 5 1/2 years in the U.S. Senate to persuade North Carolina voters that being in the middle of the road is a good thing. Hagan released her first commercial in her bid to win re-election, a statewide radio spot criticizing Tillis, even though he's just one of eight candidates in the May 6 GOP primary. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Hagan criticizes Obama over help for veterans

The Associated Press

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CHARLOTTE – U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan criticized the Obama administration Friday for not doing enough to help military veterans and fix problems within the Veterans Administration, comments made just days before the president is scheduled to speak to the American Legion convention.

“The Obama Administration has not yet done enough to earn the lasting trust of our veterans and implement real and permanent reforms at the VA,” Hagan said in a statement. “I hope to hear the President address these challenges at the American Legion’s National Convention in Charlotte.”

A statement released from the White House Press Office on Friday said Obama will address the 96th annual national convention at the Charlotte Convention Center on Tuesday. The statement said more details will be made available in the next few days.

Hagan, a Democrat who will appear at the convention with Republican U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, is an incumbent seeking re-election in November. She is being challenged by N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis. Both Hagan and Burr are scheduled to speak to the convention, but Hagan said she plans to talk to the president as well.

“I will be there to discuss some of the steps I want to see taken in Washington to uphold the commitment our government has made to North Carolina’s veterans,” Hagan said.

The Tillis campaign issued a statement saying Hagan was pointing a finger at the Obama administration to divert attention from what it said were the failures of her own efforts to help veterans.

The VA has been shaken by reports that veterans died while waiting for treatment and allegations that workers falsified records to cover up the delays – in some cases so the workers could collect bonuses.

The scandal forced out former VA Secretary Eric Shinseki. Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson served as acting secretary until Robert McDonald was sworn in last month.

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“I will be there to discuss

“I will be there to discuss some of the steps I want to see taken in Washington to uphold the commitment our government has made to North Carolina’s veterans,” Hagan said.

She campaigned on this issue before, why hasn't she done anything about it till now?

She has stood right with Obama on everything during her term. We know why she is distancing herself from him now, to get reelected; but to do so is to live a lie. I don't want anyone representing me who is dishonest. If she wants to get reelected, she should run on her record. If she is ashamed of her record, she shouldn't run for reelection. It's that simple. If she is proud of her record, she should run on that and if the people don't agree, she won't be reelected.

Therein lies the problem. The only way she can get reelected is to lie about what she has done during her first term. I hope the people won't believe her, but they probably will.

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