NC candidate Tillis delivers address, says GOP majority will help economy, standing in world


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RALEIGH, North Carolina — North Carolina U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis is telling a national audience the country's economy will thrive again and its standing abroad improve if voters elect Republicans like himself this November.

The state House speaker delivered the Republican response to President Barack Obama's weekly address, both of which are released Saturday.

Tillis talked about his working-class upbringing and work career that led him to a mid-life college degree and job as an IBM executive. He says electing a GOP Senate majority this fall also would give lawmakers the opportunity to repeal and replace the president's health care law and rein in the nation's debt.

He also says Obama still doesn't have a strategy to eliminate the Islamic State military group.

Tillis is trying to defeat Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan.

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