Burr polishes a conservative image

October 5, 2010

Editor’s note: This is the first of a series of stories on the candidates for U.S. Senate from North Carolina. On Wednesday, read about Democratic candidate Elaine Marshall’s record as secretary of state. Next week, read profiles of Burr, Marshall and Libertarian candidate Michael Beitler.

WASHINGTON — In U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, North Carolinians have a lawmaker who looks the part of a moderate businessman, works like a policy wonk and votes sharply conservative.

“No one can get to the right of me,” Burr told reporters when he announced his re-election campaign.
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Poll: Burr solidifying lead in Senate race

September 14, 2010

Raleigh, N.C. — U.S. Sen. Richard Burr continues to widen his lead over Democrat Elaine Marshall in his bid for re-election, according to a WRAL News Poll released Tuesday.

SurveyUSA polled 582 likely voters statewide Friday through Monday and found that, if the election were held now, Burr would garner 58 percent of the vote to Marshall’s 34 percent. Only 2 percent of respondents were undecided.

The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.1 percentage points.

Two months ago, Burr held a 46 to 36 percent lead in a similar poll.
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Foxx, Burr Score High on Pro-Growth Scorecard

May 18, 2010

Miller gets lowest ranking in the N.C. delegation

By David N. Bass
May 17, 2010

RALEIGH — A Washington-based group advocating limited government has ranked North Carolina Rep. Virginia Foxx and Sen. Richard Burr, both Republicans, in its top tier of fiscally conservative lawmakers in 2009.

The Club for Growth’s latest congressional scorecard, released Monday, gave perfect marks to nine representatives and six senators on issues such as tax reform, free trade, and deregulation. Foxx garnered 100 percent on the report and Burr 96 percent.

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Burr launches first TV ad

April 8, 2010

Burr announces he’ll vote against Sotomayor

July 30, 2009

Burr announces he’ll vote against Sotomayor

U.S. Sen. Richard Burr will oppose Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination for the U.S. Supreme Court, saying that he admires her qualifications but that he fears she would impose her personal beliefs in setting legal precedent.
“My fear is that she has been unable to separate her personal belief system from that of the letter of the law,” Burr said in a prepared statement.

Sotomayor, who would be the first Hispanic member on the court, has been widely criticized by Republicans for a speech in which she said “a wise Latina” might sometimes make better decisions than a white male.
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On Sotomayor, Hagan is a yea; Burr is a maybe

July 21, 2009

U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan will support Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, but U.S. Sen. Richard Burr isn’t ready to commit.
Sotomayor spent last week answering questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee about her record. The committee will begin debate today on whether to recommend her. The full Senate, including Hagan and Burr, would then cast the final vote on her confirmation.

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Shuler will not take on Burr

June 9, 2009

U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler has shot down a U.S. Senate bid. Speaking at a groundbreaking in Asheville, the Waynesville Democrat said he would not run against U.S. Sen. Richard Burr in 2010, according to the Hendersonville Times-News:

“I am not running for Senate,” the second-term Democrat said after a groundbreaking ceremony for a new building at the Bent Creek Experimental Forest Station in Asheville. “I am not running for Senate. I am not running for Senate. I have said that a thousand times, and I don’t know why they keep coming up [with the idea]. Of course they keep coming up and running polls.”