Hagan Will Stay In DC While Obama Travels To NC

RALEIGH (AP) - One of North Carolina's most prominent Democrats doesn't plan to attend President Barack Obama's speech Wednesday in Raleigh.

A spokeswoman for U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan said Monday the senator won't be at the president's event on the North Carolina State University campus because she'll be in Washington as the Senate meets this week.

The president is visiting North Carolina for what the White House calls "an event on the economy."

Republicans seeking to unseat Hagan in November are sure to point out her expected absence. The Greensboro lawmaker has been attempting to thread the needle politically by supporting the president while criticizing the administration on the health care law rollout.

N.C. State University is distributing event tickets to students.


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RALEIGH (AP) - Officials say President Barack Obama is speaking at North Carolina State University when he visits the state next week.

On Thursday, White House press secretary Jay Carney said that the president would travel to North Carolina for "an event on the economy." Carney says Obama is scheduled to visit the Research Triangle area on Jan. 15.

Obama made two visits to the state in 2013. Last June, he discussed plans to change the nation's classrooms into digital learning centers during a visit to the Charlotte area.

Last February, Obama followed his State of the Union address with a stop in the Asheville area to tour a local auto parts plant which he used as an example of the nation's economic resurgence.

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