GOP Closes Wallet on NC Rep. Hayes
Remark that 'liberals hate real Americans' bites back in close race
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 24, 2008 4:38 PM CDT

(Newser) – Rep. Robin Hayes is still struggling to get out from under a comment he made last weekend that “liberals hate real Americans,” and the Republican National Committee has cancelled plans to help in a tight re-election fight with an ad buy in his North Carolina district, the Charlotte Observer reports. Denying he made the remarks only to see the audiotape surface hasn’t helped, either.

“I made a mistake I should not have made,” Hayes said. “I wasn't thinking.” His Democratic opponent did not critique Hayes’ opinion, but wondered about his staff’s denial of the statement. “The deception, that's the concern people should have,” said Larry Kissell. Hayes said his office only denied that the candidate personally hated liberals, not that liberals hate Americans.