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Obama Thanks Dem Senator Who's Avoiding Him 'Publicly'

1:31 PM, Jan 15, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
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Democratic senator Kay Hagan refused to appear with President Obama during his trip today to her home state of North Carolina. But Obama went out of his way to "publicly" thank Hagan anyway:

"Your senator, Kay Hagan, couldn't be here. But I wanted to thank her publicly for the great work she's doing," said Obama. 

Hagan's up for reelection this year. 

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