(CNN) - In the Democrat's first television ad of the general election, South Carolina gubernatorial hopeful Vincent Sheehen is going full steam ahead with his message that a vote for Republican Nikki Haley is a vote for four more years of Gov. Mark Sanford.
"After eight years of Mark Sanford, we need a governor to lead us in a new direction," Sheheen says in the ad. "I stood up against Mark Sanford. Nikki Haley says she wants to follow in his footsteps. I say this time, we need a governor we can trust."
Haley was a top ally of Sanford's in the state House and entered the governor's race with the backing of his political allies, a troublesome association given Sanford's combative relationship with state legislators and his notorious admission of marital infidelity last summer.
Haley has said she will be more inclusive and less "reactionary" than Sanford in her approach to governing. Still, some establishment Republicans and business leaders have been reluctant to line up behind the Republican nominee – a fact Sheehen points out in his new ad by touting his endorsement from the state Chamber of Commerce.
Nevertheless, Sheehen, a state Senator, has an uphill battle in the conservative-leaning state and must win independents as well as peeling off a segment of GOP voters if he has any hopes of winning the governor's mansion.
Nowhere in the ad does Sheeheen mention his party affiliation, and the commercial pays tribute to values like "family, faith, life and hard work." He's also seen driving a pickup truck through his rural hometown of Camden.
Responding to the new ad, Haley's campaign sought to remind voters of that Sheheen is a Democrat.
"Sen. Sheheen is a nice man with a beautiful family, but his ad conveniently forgets to mention that he's a liberal trial lawyer who supports ObamaCare and thinks the president's massive Washington spending agenda is the way to create jobs in South Carolina," said Haley spokesman Rob Godfrey. "Nikki Haley disagrees."
Proves ignorance is bliss –
@ President Obozo: On vacation and OUT TO LUNCH –
is the authority on – "Pretty pathetic and juvenile if you ask me."
Maybe Sanford really was in the Appalachians and did not have to go to South America for goodies.. Some stories about a potential replacement may have been hatched in the Appalachains. Haley herself mentioned Sanfords footsteps!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
is there any point in reporting this story? Do democrats even have the slighest chance of winning any office in SC? I'm pretty sure the republican could be piss in a bucket (and frequently is) and still win.
I can't believe there are Americans in this country that put time and effort to go to a polling place and vote for these right-wing, tobacco chewing hypocrites.
s.c. you had 8 years of sanford that in itself should tell you not to vote for another republican unless you want the same old thing.
Everyone is referring to Haley as "Sanford in a skirt." Believe it or not, but the State Chamber of Commerce has endorsed the Democrat Sheheen because business leaders know we can't stand 4 more years of gridlock between the Governor and the Legislature. One year Sanford vetoed 105 bills, and the Republican legislature overturned 101 of them, some by a majority vote.
America needs to wake up– If a candidate doesnt have detailed plans they will not get my vote. If all they do is attack their opponent without offering a solution that can come under scrutiny I wont vote for them. Regardless of their party.
Sheheen isn't fooling anyone. He's another Liberal who'll be a sock puppet for Obama. Democrats are desparate.
you Republinecks need to learn how to spell!!!!! 'Obozo' 'India lady'.... All Racist are ignorant because they have too much hate in their brain.
So what has the Republican Governor of the state done to create jobs? Nada? Oh wait – he accepted the big spending from the Democrats didn't he? After he said he wouldn't didn't he?
And she wants to criticise the Dems but follow in Sanfords footsteps. I guess that means she's gone and purchased some hiking boots for her trip to the blue ridge. Wink wink ; )
soren September 9th, 2010 12:14 pm ET
I really love this part:
"Nikki Haley says she wants to follow in his(Mark Sanford) footsteps"
Does that mean that she too has a paramour in Argentina by way of the Appalachian mountains?!
That's the typical cookie-cut Puritan Fundamentalist answer to everything...just to label talking points that appeal to their base without even addressing any of the issues. "Liberal – Trial Lawyer – Obamacare"
Most politicians have legal expertise. It was actually the Democratic Congress that drafted the healthcare bill, NOT Obama. Presidents don't make laws in America, Congress does.
Dear Mr. Out to Lunch:
You are suffering from a complete disconnect from reailty and that moniker seems to apply directly to you. What you stated in the standard republican MO. And speaking of juvenile, it was awfully junior high of you to spell out DemocRATS as such. Typical GOP hypocrite.
El Gordy,nicely put and to the point
Sounds desparate to me. Haley will easily win the election.
He looks like one of the log cabin boys to me.
I just don't understand how this is even a race. Are the conservative Tea Party not insulted by the generalities that spew from Haley's mouth? We (South Carolina) have had Republican conservative control for decades. Why isn't South Carolina a utopia of success? Why is unemployment so high and education so low? The present situation in South Carolina comes from Republican control for years and years. The big bad federal government is not to blame for our woes in this state. It's not the fault of the democrats. Our woes stem from the conservative party. Period.
I really hope Sheehen wins!!!!!
Yea, I think she follows in more ways than one, if you get my drift.
I thought Sanford actually ran the State of South Carolina in a fairly confident and fiscally responsible manner. Put aside his personal issues, the philosophy of smaller government, less spending and fiscal responsibility is what is required, our States are all top heavy. Our State governments are bloated and our State governments spend more than the States can tax us, that is why the kiss the Feds butt, for the funding. Follow Christie's lead in New Jersey, don't just take out the knife to cut, take out the chainsaw and start hacking. Government works for us, not the other way around, demand accountability, demand integrity, prosecute vigorously public corruption, that is what will make our Nation great again, citizens in public office, not lawyer politicians seeking a lifetime career.
gee.. i wonder if sheheen can team up with sen canidate green and try to pull a double victory,, there seems not to be much difference in there style and intellect...
I certainly hope he can get his message across..................maybe then, we will not be the laughing stock of the USA.
Nikki Haley will be just more of Sanford......Heaven help us!!!!!!
Vote for Vincent Sheheen in November to save our state!!!!!!!
Just save your money pal...South Carolina always votes Republican no matter what...they are not educated enough to recognize any other candidates...
Gee. . . The very same pathetic campaign tactics used by the RepubliCANTs and the rest of right wing loons. They know people won't vote for them because of what they support or will do in office so they try to create some big bad boogey man of their opponent. Like calling him OBOZO, Pretty pathetic and juvenille if you ask me.
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