Hagan: Yes, the country is better off than four years ago (audio)

“Are you better off than you were four years ago?”  is the question Republicans have been pushing this week as Democrats hold their national convention in Charlotte.

U.S. Senator Kay Hagan says the answer is a resounding “Yes!”

Hagan says voters need to think back to late 2008, when the country was losing an average of 800,000 private sector jobs a month.

And while the recovery has been slower than many would like, she says the country has added more than 4.5 million private-sector jobs over the past 29 months.

Hagan says manufacturing and the auto industry are seeing a turnaround. Home foreclosures are finally falling.

The Senator says America is also better off for the passage of President Obama’s health care reform law. She notes prior to the signing of the Affordable Care Act, health insurance companies were free to cap, deny, and cancel coverage without explanation.

Hagan joins us this weekend on News & Views to talk about the presidential campaign, the work that lies ahead in improving the economy, and the role women will play in deciding who ultimately wins this November. For a preview of Senator Hagan’s interview with Chris Fitzsimon, click below:


  1. Alex

    September 5, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    She’s been drinking too much of the Kool-Aid ! How does she say that with a straight face ?

  2. david esmay

    September 5, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Hell of a lot better than when George the Dullard left office. Can anybody say economic free fall? I forgot to thank gov. bush for tanking my 401k. Thank’s to President Obama I’ve gotten most of it back. Let’s see, dow under bush=6800, President Obama=13000. You do the math.

  3. Alex

    September 5, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Bill O’ Reilly said on his show last night anyone who believes we’re better off now is totally irrational. I rest my case !

  4. Frank Burns

    September 5, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Wow, Senator Hagan, if you think we are better off now than 4 years ago, then you will take over the dumbest Senator award away from Senator Murray. http://www.norcalblogs.com/post_scripts/2010/10/our-dumbest-senator-in-wa.html

    By the way, you are derelict in your duty by not putting together a federal budget! You will be replaced.

  5. Frank Burns

    September 5, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Are we better off today then we were 4 years ago? Heck no, let me count the ways. http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/090412-624523-were-not-better-off-under-obama.htm

    In addition this economic mess that Obama “inherited” is partly due to the initiatives from Senator Hagan, and then Senator Obama to make it easier for people who couldn’t afford homes to buy them. http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=aSKSoiNbnQY0

  6. david esmay

    September 5, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Bill O’Reilly said it, well hell, katy bar the door, it must be true. After all this is the guy who wrote the worst Lincoln bio in history, actually tried to rewrite it.

  7. Alex

    September 5, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    I think his book was on the best-seller list for months.

  8. gregflynn

    September 5, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    I find it hilarious that “Investor’s Daily” won’t mention the fact that the Dow Jones Industrial Average was around 8,000 when Obama took office and is now around 13,000.

  9. Alex

    September 5, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    The stock market is never indicative of the overall economy. It goes up and goes down for sometimes no reason. If you remember, it hit 14,000 in 2007 under Bush.The only reason it’s going up now is the cheap monetary policy, and the low yields on other investments.

  10. gregflynn

    September 5, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    When you’ve built up enough money in your 401(k) you’ll understand.

  11. Frank Burns

    September 5, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    This statement by Senator Hagan calls into question her grasp of reality. We already know she was derelict in her job by not pushing for a federal budget with the other Democrats in the Senate. I’m thinking we need a change when her term ends.

  12. alex

    September 5, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    The number Castro cites is an accurate description of the growth of private-sector jobs since January 2010, when the long, steep slide in employment finally hit bottom. But while a total of 4.5 million jobs sounds great, it’s not the whole picture.

    Nonfarm private payrolls hit a post-recession low of 106.8 million that month, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The figure currently stands at 111.3 million as of July.

    While that is indeed a gain of 4.5 million, it’s only a net gain of 300,000 over the course of the Obama administration to date. The private jobs figure stood at 111 million in January 2009, the month Obama took office.

  13. gregflynn

    September 5, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    Still way ahead of George W Bush’s performance at the same time in his first term: Total net loss of 978,000 jobs for Bush comprised of net government jobs gain of 771,000 and net private jobs loss of 1,749,000 at the same point.

  14. Alex

    September 5, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Just 60 days before the U.S. presidential election, a report released on Wednesday shows the U.S. once again has slipped among its peers on the list of the world’s most competitive nations.

    The U.S. has fallen for the fourth straight year, by two spots, to the seventh most competitive country, according to The Global Competitiveness Report 2012-2013 by the World Economic Forum.

    It is now led by Switzerland, Singapore, Finland, Sweden, the Netherlands and Germany.

    Read more: http://www.foxbusiness.com/economy/2012/09/05/falling-fourth-straight-year-us-slips-to-world-seventh-most-competitive/#ixzz25eAxEGgh

  15. Doug

    September 5, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    In his first term, Bush was handed a recession and a technology stock bubble which evaporated a lot of the Clinton jobs created in 1998 and 1999. Most of these jobs were speculative, and didn’t last long. In addition, NAFTA passed by Bill Clinton started a steady migration of manufacturing jobs to Mexico and Latin America. All in all, the Bush years averaged about 4.5% unemployment which we would love to have now. I would love to just one time focus on Obama’s results, and his plan to get us out of this mess. I don’t think he’s running against George Bush, and taxing the rich is not an economic plan.

  16. gregflynn

    September 5, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Bush left office with unemployment at 7.8%, a rise of 3.6% from the 4.2% when he took office. Unemployment is now 8.3% a rise of just 0.5% from the 7.8% Bush left.

  17. gregflynn

    September 5, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    Just 60 days before the U.S. presidential election a story released by Fox is critical of Obama.


    – Not @TheOnion

    The competitiveness ranking change has much to do with the fiscal cliff that Republicans are bringing us to the edge of.

  18. Alex

    September 6, 2012 at 8:02 am

    Let’s face it greg… there is no way to defend Obama’s lousy economic record ! Worse than that however is there is no plan going forward except higher government spending , and red ink for the next 10 years.If you can justify that , then vote for Obama and suffer the consequences.

  19. david esmay

    September 6, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Let’s face it Alex, you and the GOP want to erase the existence of the Republican administration and it’s devastating effect on our country. Look at the GOP convention, did anyone mention Bush, hell no. It would be an admission of complicity in the debacle they created.

  20. Frank Burns

    September 6, 2012 at 9:44 am

    The only thing I want to erase is the memory of the failed presidency of Obama and reverse every single initiative that he has done. Every one of them has been bad for this country.

  21. Doug

    September 6, 2012 at 10:34 am

    It’s nice to hear a sensible comment Frank !

  22. Adam Searing

    September 6, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    “Doug” and “Alex” – Two made-up personas who sound like broken records. Too scared to say who they (or he) really are or is, they keep spouting their anonymous (and predictable) slogans.

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