- Associated Press - Thursday, October 16, 2014

GOLDSBORO, N.C. (AP) - John McCain says the U.S. Senate needs Thom Tillis because of his North Carolina legislative record and that Democrat Kay Hagan has missed so many committee meetings that she’s not well-informed on national security.

Tillis and the Arizona senator and 2008 presidential candidate met veterans and supporters near Seymour Johnson Air Force Base on Thursday. They planned to visit Kinston and Jacksonville later in the day.

Tillis has made Hagan’s Armed Services Committee absences a campaign issue. He says she failed to press President Obama to respond to the Islamic State group sooner.

McCain is a committee member and says it’s regrettable Hagan missed important hearings.

Hagan has said she led subcommittee meetings on the threat and questioned defense leaders last month in the full committee.

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