Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan said she thinks she is well-positioned for re-election campaign next year, although she expects hers to one of the top targeted Senate seats when Republicans try to retake control of the Senate next year.
"I feel very, very good about my race," Hagan said in a meeting with reporters and editors of The News and Observer. "I know I have to raise a lot of money. I know the opposition will be spending an incredible amount of money in our state. I won't be able to counter that but I will certainly be prepared and put together a top notch team.''
She said that Republicans spent $40 million to try to defeat Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio last year, suggesting a similar effort might be aimed at her in 2014.
Hagan said she would "be honored'' to have President Obama campaign for her.
Hagan said she felt that North Carolina voters saw her as a moderate centered on finding ways to use government to help spur job creation; and as a hard-working senator who returned home every weekend; and who emphasized constituent services like the late Republican Sen. Jesse Helms. She said that she had held town hall meetings in all 100 counties, and had closed more than 26,000 constituent cases.
"I want to run on my record,'' Hagan said. "I think my record speaks volumes.'
She made that comment when asked about whether she thought the legislature's actions would be an issue, since one of her potential opponents is House Speaker Thom Tillis and another potential opponent is Senate leader Phil Berger.
But Hagan, a former state senator for 10 years, noted that she strongly opposed to some of the legislation that had been passed by the Republican legislature such as the voter ID bill.
"I am appalled at some of the things that have taken place,'' she said. "I hear about it each and every day that I go across North Carolina.''
She noted that she asked U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to look into what she called the "voter suppression law'' noting that it also cut five days off early voting, and adds out-of-precinct observers to protest a person's right to vote.
Hagan called charges of voter fraud "a red herring.'' In the last 10 years, there were two case of fraud that would have been two cases that would have been impacted if a photo ID had been the law, Hagan said.