The lead story at this morning profiles N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis, the Republican nominee in this year’s high-profile Senate race.

What is your campaign platform, and what key issues will you make your focus?

This campaign is a referendum on the failed record of Kay Hagan, who has been a rubber-stamp for President Obama’s liberal policies, voting with him 95 percent of the time.

As Speaker of the North Carolina House, I’ve proven I’m a problem-solver, balancing budgets, cutting wasteful spending, and providing teachers with historic pay raises.

In Washington, I will focus on creating a climate that helps create jobs and opportunities for Americans. Unlike Kay Hagan, who cast the deciding vote for Obamacare, I support repealing Obamacare and replacing it with market-based reforms that will increase competition and reduce health-care costs.

I strongly support the construction of the Keystone Pipeline and favor expanding offshore drilling to make our nation less dependent on foreign oil. I oppose cap and trade and will fight the EPA’s job-killing regulations that Hagan supports.

Under Obama and Hagan, big government handouts and bailouts have increased while millions of Americans lost their jobs. In the Senate, I will work to shrink the size of our federal government to its core Constitutional role so the private sector can thrive.