THE NEWS AND OBSERVER: Does this GOP candidate actually want to ‘abolish’ the Department of Education?
Oct. 21th, 2018 – In the closing statement of a debate Wednesday night, Democratic congressional candidate Dan McCready slammed Republican Mark Harris for his stance on education, repeating a favorite line of attack.
“Mark Harris has said he would abolish the Department of Education,” said McCready, a former Marine who is running for the seat held by Republican Rep. Robert Pittenger in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District, which stretches from south Charlotte east to include Lumberton and up the Interstate 95 corridor to Fayetteville.
Oct. 20th, 2018 – The congressional districts that include Cumberland County are among key races in the country that likely could determine whether Republicans are able to retain control of the U.S. House, experts say.
The most closely watched in North Carolina is District 9, where moderate Democrat Dan McCready, a former Marine, is pitted against Republican Mark Harris, a pastor who aligns with President Trump. If McCready is able to win in this Republican-leaning district on Nov. 6, it will be the first time for a Democrat in 55 years.
McCready Calls Out Harris’ Backwards-Looking Vision and Pledges to Put North Carolinians Above Partisan Politics in 2nd Debate
Oct. 17th, 2018 – In their second televised debate tonight, Dan McCready called out Mark Harris’ backwards-looking policies and pledged to put North Carolinians above partisan politics. Following up his commanding performance in their first debate last week, McCready highlighted his life of service and record creating jobs and putting the country first. While Harris repeatedly lied about his own record and McCready’s beliefs, Dan held him accountable, calling out Harris for supporting cuts to Social Security and Medicare and for supporting a tax bill that didn’t do enough for Middle Class families while adding $1.9 trillion to the national debt.
“Tonight we saw again that North Carolina can’t afford Mark Harris’ backwards agenda that would cut Social Security and Medicare, rip away coverage from North Carolinians with pre-existing conditions, blow up our nation’s debt, abolish the Department of Education, and then shut down the government if he doesn’t get his way,” McCready said. “As a Marine, I believe in putting people over partisan politics, unlike the career politicians in Washington who would rather divide us for political gain than bring folks together to get things done. Mark Harris has shown that he’s just another extreme politician who’s more comfortable playing partisan games than solving problems for the people of North Carolina. The choice in this election could not be more stark.”
Harris would cut Social Security and Medicare so people under 50 will be “big losers”, as he’s called them.
Harris supports a healthcare plan that rips away coverage from North Carolinians with pre-existing conditions.
Harris said he would join with the Freedom Caucus to shut down the government.
Harris supports tax cuts for the wealthy that blow up our national debt.
Harris said he would abolish the Department of Education.
Tonight’s debate came on the heels of a big day for the McCready campaign. First, the Charlotte Observer endorsed Dan, saying he “has far more potential to effectively represent the 9th, and to help change the tone in Congress, than Harris.”
Then, PolitiFact called out a Washington Super PAC’s secret money attack ads that have lied about McCready’s stance on middle class tax cuts, calling them “FALSE.”
Oct. 16th, 2018 – Praising his dedication to service and putting country over party, General Stanley McChrystal endorsed Dan McCready, a Marine Corps veteran, business owner, and North Carolina native running for Congress in NC-09. A lifelong political independent who, in abiding by the military’s apolitical nature, has rarely gotten involved in politics, Gen. McChrystal made just his second political endorsement of this campaign cycle, and only his third ever.
“I stand with Dan because he’s someone who leads with his own principles and fights for others,” said Gen. McChrystal. “He’s a leader who will put country over party, a leader whose time in the military taught him that we’re all in this together. The solution to a broken Washington begins by sending people like Dan to Congress.”
“It’s an honor to be endorsed by General McChrystal,” said Dan McCready. “As a Marine, we never cared if you were Democrat or Republican — we were all Americans. Yet too many politicians in Washington are more concerned with dividing us for partisan gain, rather than uniting us behind a common mission and dedication to country. This campaign is dedicated to bringing people together and putting country over party. I’m proud to have General McChrystal on our team.”
Gen. McChrystal is the former commander of United States and Allied Forces in Afghanistan (ISAF) and the Former Commander of the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC).
This week, McCready announced he raised more than $1.65 million in the third quarter of 2018 and launched a new ad, called “Top Down,” which focuses on the need to elect new leaders to Washington who know what it takes to put country over party and the people of North Carolina’s Ninth District first.
Oct. 16th, 2018 – Dan McCready, a Marine Corps veteran, business owner, and North Carolina native running for Congress in NC-09, announced today having raised over $1.65 million in the third quarter of 2018, bringing his total raised since the start of the campaign to $4.33 million. This most recent fundraising milestone leaves McCready with $1.65 million cash on hand 21 days away from Election Day.
“When we first launched this campaign, few people thought our race could be competitive. But what they never counted on was the overwhelming grassroots support we’ve seen from Democrats, Independents, and Republicans all across the Ninth District who are ready for a change,” said McCready. “Our message is ‘Country Over Party,’ because it’s time for new leaders in Washington who will fight for the people they represent, not for their own reelections and their own political parties. That’s what this campaign is about, and that’s why we’re so proud of the support we’ve received.”
Last month, McCready released the first two ads of his campaign, “Called to Serve,” focusing on his Christian faith and military service, and “Created,” which focused on the hundreds of jobs McCready helped create in North Carolina through his solar energy business.
Sept. 12th, 2018 – Republican Mark Harris, a Baptist pastor running for a competitive House seat in North Carolina, has increased the TV ads his campaign plans to run on the Weather Channel over the next week as the potentially deadly Hurricane Florence bears down on the state.
Medium Buying, a GOP media-buying firm in Ohio, noted in a tweet that Harris campaign purchased 56 additional commercial spots on the Weather Channel over seven days starting on Thursday.
Sept. 12th, 2018 – PEMBROKE, N.C. — The Converse factory, surrounded by cars wrecked by Hurricane Matthew, sits empty except for the pigeons that nest inside. The plant closed in 2001 and the floods came in 2016. Robeson County has yet to recover from either event.
Almost half of county residents identify as Lumbee, a Native American group that has fought for and been denied federal recognition since 1888. Now, they’re preparing for Hurricane Florence, set to hit the North Carolina coast Friday and deliver a potentially catastrophic amount of rain. The storm’s destruction, and recovery, that follow could prove a key factor in the race for North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District, which stretches from the Charlotte suburbs to Robeson and is a key target for Democrats this year.
NATIONAL SECURITY ACTION: More than 200 national security veterans demand answers in response to release of former CIA officer’s confidential information
Sept. 4th, 2018 – More than 200 national security veterans—including those who served in uniform as well as in the intelligence, diplomatic, law enforcement, and policy communities—have demanded answers regarding the release of the confidential national security questionnaire, or SF-86, of Abigail Spanberger, who served as a CIA case officer until 2014. The former national security professionals signed an open letter to Office of Personnel Management Director Dr. Jeff T.H. Pon and Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats, noting that the Trump administration has yet to provide an adequate explanation for this apparent breach.
Aug. 31st, 2018 – Charlotte – Dan McCready kicked off the Labor Day weekend on Friday by knocking on doors and talking with voters. Joining McCready were his wife Laura, a children’s attorney who works with the Council for Children’s Rights, and two of their kids, Charlie (age 2) and Eleanor (15 months).
Statement from Dan McCready on Super PAC Distributing Confidential Security Information of Former CIA Officer
Aug 29th, 2018 – My statement on the shameful distribution of a CIA officer’s secret security information by the Super PAC supporting my opponent. I call on @MarkHarrisNC9 to renounce the support of this Super PAC.
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Charlotte, NC 28277
Dan McCready is a former member of the United States Marines. Use of his military rank, job titles, and photographs in uniform does not imply endorsement by the Marines or the Department of Defense.
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