TOP FIVE QUESTIONS SENATOR BURR MUST ANSWER IN TONIGHT’S DEBATE

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, October 13, 2016

CONTACT: Matt Kravitz

 

TOP FIVE QUESTIONS SENATOR BURR MUST ANSWER IN TONIGHT’S DEBATE

 

After more than 20 years in Washington taking trips around the world on special interests’ dime,  voting against a ban on insider trading by Members of Congress, and now serving on Donald Trump’s campaign – North Carolinians deserve answers

 

RALEIGH, NC – Senator Richard Burr has a lot of questions to answer headed into tonight’s debate – likely the only one of the U.S. Senate election. His more than 20 years in Washington looking out for himself and the special interests have earned quite the record, like taking nearly 30 special interest-funded trips around the country and the world – and then voting against reforms to crack down on that kind of travel.

 

There’s more where that came from, and here are the top five questions Senator Burr needs to answer tonight:

1.         North Carolina voters sent you to Washington to work for them, not the special interests—but a new report shows that you went on nearly 30 extravagant trips paid for by special interests. Did these special-interest favors influence your work in Congress? Why did you vote against legislation to crack down on these sorts of special interest-funded trips?

2.         Your net worth has increased more than 400 percent during your time in the Senate, but you voted against a higher minimum wage and against equal pay for equal work. How do you explain that to voters?

3.         A recent CBS report wrote that your stock portfolio is managed “relatively aggressive[ly].” You voted against legislation to ban insider trading by members of Congress while pushing legislation that would benefit your own stock portfolio and companies whose PACs donated millions to your campaigns. How does that not present a conflict of interest?

4.         Records show that over the course of your 20-plus years in Congress, your campaigns and political committees paid members of your family and their businesses nearly $200,000. What do you say to voters who want a Senator who will work for them rather than enriching himself in Washington?

5.         Finally, Senator Burr, what will it take for you to finally put North Carolina ahead of your political interests, and say you won’t support Donald Trump?

With a list like this, it’s no wonder Senator Burr has refused to debate more than once and only started campaigning last week.

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