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Haley Previews Convention Speech: "We Deserve Better"

Governor will talk about roadblocks South Carolina has faced from federal officials.

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley will be the first prime time speaker on the first night of the Republican National Convention in Tampa on Monday.

During a stop in Berkley County Friday, Haley said that she'll talk about South Carolina and her years-long friendship with Mitt and Ann Romney, but she'll also be firing at the Obama administration and federal challenges that state officials have faced.

The GOP ticket seemed to abandon the "fight Washington" theme with the selection of longtime U.S. House Rep. Paul Ryan as a running mate. But Haley's message of Washington obstruction will likely be revisited frequently by surrogates at the convention podium next week. 

"We deserve better," Haley told a crowd of small business owners at a Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce event. "I do think that President Obama has done the best he can. I think he tried to do what he thought was right. But the truth is, we lost our credit rating, we're seeing unemployment at an all time high. We're seeing companies go overseas. We're watching the fact that we haven't had one balanced budget."

Beyond the broader talking points of failure, Haley will dive into the different issues where South Carolina has butted heads with federal regulators and the Justice Department over the past few years. They've battled over issues like Arizona-style immigration enforcement, an attempt to require voter ID at the polls this November and a National Labor Relation Board effort in 2011 to penalize Boeing for bringing thousands of jobs to a non-union plant in North Charleston, S.C. 

"A governor in South Carolina passed a strong illegal immigration reform bill and the president stopped it. We said: 'You have to show picture ID to buy Sudafed, you have to show picture ID to get on a plane, why shouldn't you have to show picture ID to have the right to vote?' And the president stopped it. To have a company like Boeing want to create jobs, and have the president stop it," Haley said.  

"We need someone who is going to help me — to help South Carolina. And we're not getting it."

The path and projected damage from Tropical Storm Issac continues to be a concern, Haley said. The storm is expected to reach hurricane strength late Monday and may impact the low-lying portions of the Tampa area where the Republicans will be gathering.

"I didn't know up until yesterday or today whether I would be going because the hurricane was on our mind and certainly a priority," she said, noting the impacts are also a concern for South Carolina. "And we're still talking about it day-by-day. I think we're going to need to watch for some tornadoes in the state, but other than that we should be OK."

Robert Kelly August 26, 2012 at 02:15 AM
Back to the news article topic...Haley Previews Convention Speech; Monday activities have been put off because of Isaac. OK, so I am not a fa of Gov Haley, and not a fan of Mitt Romney, but you have to admit that this is ironic for the GOP after the horrible remarks of GOP stalwarts Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell who said previous catastrophes (including Hurricane Katrina) were God's punishment for the wicked ways of the people who lived there. How will they explain this disaster? Maybe raising the relative taxes on the middle class to favor the rich does not please Christ? Maybe taking away Medicare coverage to cover the cost of unjust wars does not please God? Maybe Christ was more of a socialist than the GOP wants to admit? Anyway, Gov Haley apparently has lost her spotlight event. That is too bad because she is telegenic, and first term governors who are pretty really go over big with the GOP faithful, until someone asks them questions and the shallowness is revealed. Has she lost her chance for a Fox News job? Maybe Mitt (until he flip-flops and changes his name to "Timm") can find another way to thank her for her support. Maybe Secretary of Commerce?
Jason Rogers August 27, 2012 at 03:28 AM
I would like to point out a few things: first, the main reason that SC has been able to attract some large businesses here is by offering ridiculously low business taxes to lure them in (for example, letting Amazon get away with not collecting sales tax like all the other buisnesses). These tax incentives are the reason that SC remains a poor state, yes I said POOR state. We get nearly half our funding from the federal govt which allows us to still function while not collecting enough taxes from businesses. Then Haley publicly comes out saying that we do not need the federal govt sticking its nose into SC's business while we get all that federal funding and Haley perosnally asks Obama for funding for the Port of Charleston. The hypocrisy is overwhelming. Second, as Eric stated earlier most of the comments she uses to defend her attacks on Obama are simply untrue or greatly misleading.
stanley seigler August 27, 2012 at 04:10 AM
@Jason Rogers: '...The hypocrisy is overwhelming...' indeed...but not unique...SC gov just kowtows to the T-GOP line...which makes it difficult to understand the SC T-GOPs vitriol...
TaterSalad August 27, 2012 at 04:06 PM
The seats are full, the people are riveted to find out the "truth" of Barack Obama and his hate for America as it is! A powerful movie and the truth about Barack Obama that has never been exposed to the public. The government does not want you to watch this movie! http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2012/08/22/a_powerful_movie_115175.html
bob adams August 27, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Tater Salad It is a movie and like the ones done by Mr. moore has one goal, to make money for those that made it, and maybe some awards no more no less. It will be loved by those that dislike Obama, hated by those that like him, but understood only by those with the ability to reason.

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