May 24th, 2010
03:25 PM ET
4 years ago

Palin to Haley: 'Hang in there'

Sarah Palin used a Facebook posting Monday to defend the candidacy of South Carolina Republican gubernatorial hopeful Nikki Haley.
Sarah Palin used a Facebook posting Monday to defend the candidacy of South Carolina Republican gubernatorial hopeful Nikki Haley.

Washington (CNN) – Drawing parallels to her own experiences with rumor and political sniping, Sarah Palin used a Facebook posting Monday to defend the candidacy of South Carolina Republican gubernatorial hopeful Nikki Haley.

"As I said to Nikki this morning, 'Hang in there. I've been there. Any lies told about you will strengthen your resolve to clean up political and media corruption. You and your supporters will grow stronger through things like this.'"

Palin's reaction comes just hours after Haley denied a claim that she once had an extramarital affair with a prominent South Carolina political blogger.

Palin endorsed Haley earlier this month in a surprise move, and then traveled to South Carolina, where the two women appeared at a rally.

"There is some good news for your state," Palin said at the time. "And her name is Nikki Haley."

Haley now prominently features Palin's endorsement on her campaign website – and the Tea Party favorite has surged in the polls since appearing with Palin.

In her online posting, the former GOP vice presidential nominee makes clear she is standing by her endorsement of Haley.

"When Nikki and I held her endorsement rally on the steps of the beautiful and historic South Carolina state house last month, I warned her and her family that she would be targeted because she's a threat to a corrupt political machine, and she would be put through some hell," Palin wrote on Facebook.

Palin's post also harshly criticized Will Folks, the political website editor who wrote Monday that he had an "an inappropriate physical relationship" with Haley.

Urging South Carolinians to not believe the reports, Palin wrote, "[D]on't let some blogger make any accusation against your Nikki if the guy doesn't even have the guts or the integrity to speak further on such a significant claim."

After Haley issued her denial Monday, an associate of Folks told CNN: "He has nothing to add to his comments regarding this matter and will not be conducting any further interviews on the subject."

-CNN's Peter Hamby contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2010 • Nikki Haley • Popular Posts • Sarah Palin • South Carolina
soundoff (138 Responses)
  1. Tulsa

    Looks quite a bit like the "Joker", doesn't she?

    May 24, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  2. pc

    there is a differance here, haley has some education an brain where as palin is an ignorant empty rant that only knows how to spew hate for our president. i am surprised that palin would endorse someone smart that actually may have a future in politics. palin is nothing to us voters except a cancer that mccain sprung on us in 2008 to try to attract women voters from hillary clinton. mccain should burn in infinity for spreading this womans wrath on america. i would not vote for haley not because she had an affair but because she accepts palin as someone worth knowing! palin is a bumbling backwoods that is dividing this nation with hate and ignorance.

    May 24, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  3. David in Houston

    I think it's high time the media scraped this woman off the bottom of its shoe...

    May 24, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  4. Sam

    I supposed a Palin endorsement means that Haley only expects to serve half her term, if elected.

    May 24, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  5. NC

    My Gosh, things are not looking good for tea party people. Looks like all the hate, lies, racism and dividing our country has come back to haunt them. As I said over a year ago they are all talk but no substance. Just a bunch of empty suits and skirts with no solutions to solving anything. Well tea party you wanted the limelight and you got it. Tea baggers you don't like it when you are the ones whose character is being questioned do you.

    May 24, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  6. FactCheck

    The only lies I remember being told about Sara Palin went something like..."She is qualified to be Vice President of the United States of America"

    May 24, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  7. Jim

    Hey South Carolina,

    Here comes the female Mark Sanford. How's that for good news?

    May 24, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  8. June in Chicago

    The fact that Ms. Haley is endorsed by Sarah Palin disturbs me much more than whether or not she had an affair. These so-called "teabaggers" scare the hell out of me and I can only pray to God (yes, Democrats pray too), that they fade away and get nowhere near the White House. I think Rand Paul will make sure that doesn't happen. I hope they put him out there and just let him talk his fool head off. Finally, we see what they are all about! America beware. There are some VERY SCARY people lurking around the polling places and they all want to bash the POTUS for not doing enough, but who is that keeps his hands tied? Oh yea, that would be the crazed conservatives. Not all of them. Just the ones who follow the likes of Paul and Palin.

    May 24, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  9. Todd A

    I don't believe the guy either. I don't think that Nikki Haley would have sex with a blogger..........republicans only screw poor people.

    May 24, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  10. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Question for Caribou Barbie –

    What if the accusation turns out to be true?

    I know you stand for fine, morally upstanding people and wouldn't tolerate any sexual misconduct – unless it's your own daughter, right?

    May 24, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  11. hawk1

    Birds of a feather flock together, so much for family values. palin had an affair with her husbands buisness partner. then she lied about that. like she lied about getting her brother in law fired.

    May 24, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  12. joe

    Sarah is right. Nikki will fight against the corrupt political machine – which owns and dominates so much of the media. Thank God for Sarah, and for those other brave Americans willing to fight for our country against the enemy within.

    May 24, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  13. Observer

    The 3 highest public officials CURRENTLY in office after sex scandals are all Republicans (Mark Sanford, John Ensign, and David Vitter). IF she is exposed in a scandal she will fit right in.

    May 24, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  14. GDMS

    The Democratic Party must be put out of business. They are a lying hateful and raciest organization. Vote 100% Republican in 2010 and 2012 and bring back freedom to America.

    May 24, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  15. Gary, Hunt Valley, Md.

    I'm still laughing over the Alaskan Dim Bulb's attack on Obama over his heavy ties to Big Oil, regarding how much the oil spill disaster is the fault of the White House. Sorry, I don't mean to make fun of the retarded.

    May 24, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  16. SocialismBad

    Leftist liberal smear tactics as usual. So has Cuomo proven he hasn't had any affairs as well?!

    May 24, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  17. Alan J

    Will this woman ever go away???? She is all up in everybody's business and what she should do is go home to Alaska and teach family values to her household! Now her daughter is profiting from teenage pregnancy, sickening!

    May 24, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  18. If We Can Defeat Him On Healthcare It Will Be His Waterloo

    Palin can't help commenting on everything. She is the Queen Bee and CNN is her hive.

    A day without SP is like a day without halitosis.

    May 24, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  19. Sgt. USMC

    If it's true that she cheated this story will dominate the news for a long time so I really hope she didn't. By the way, no one cares about what palin thinks. I wouldn't be surprised if her husband starts cheating on her. That's one woman who can't ever lose an argument and blames everything on everyone else.

    May 24, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  20. Bill P

    "Any lies told about you will strengthen your resolve to clean up political and media corruption"

    Palin is "cleaning up" political and media corruption?
    By quitting her job as Govenor of Alaska?
    By working for Fox News?
    By "speaking", for a fee of course, at "Tea Party" rallies?

    This woman is a joke!
    She is doing NOTHING to help anyone but herself.
    Typical greedy and self centered republican!

    May 24, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  21. chris b

    Is "political and media corruption" anyone that disagrees with them? Is that their definition of corruption? Or is corruption calling people out on their lies and hypocrisy?

    May 24, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  22. geecee

    So, the "drill, baby, drill" Dingbat has spoken – but not about the oil spill in the Gulf – about her tbagger pal's potential problem. Personally, I don't care if this woman gets elected, because I don't live in SC, but Sarah needs to just keep her stupid mouth shut about "media bias". She never contributes anything of any substance to a discussion. She is a total dunce. She blames the so-called "Main Stream Media" for all of America's problems, and, of course, Obama. But she never criticizes the Fake News Channel and all the hateful conservative radio and talk show entertainers who do nothing but lie, distort the truth, twist the facts, etc. to "entertain" their brain dead listeners at the expense of dividing this Country worse than anything ever could. She would probably welcome the next civil war. What an airhead she is.

    May 24, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  23. paul

    Palin is just plain scary-stupid. The fact that her endorsement means anything positive to anyone is equally scary.

    May 24, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  24. johnrj08

    Where is this woman's credibility that she can insert herself in a state's politics knowing nothing about the state and knowing virtually nothing about the candidate she is endorsing? She tried to do the same thing to the entire country when she agreed to run as VP. The woman is a moron.

    May 24, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  25. Ross

    whew.......advice from one dummy to another!

    May 24, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
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