Gov. Haley's Q to Bachmann as 'undecided voter'
August 25th, 2011
11:28 PM ET
3 years ago

Gov. Haley's Q to Bachmann as 'undecided voter'

Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) – The second question at a Charleston town hall with GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann came from "another undecided voter," who happened to be the state's governor.

Gov. Nikki Haley walked on stage to James Brown's "I feel good," then asked the Minnesota congresswoman to address an issue that has become a hot topic for Republican candidates to rally around when they campaign through the early primary state.

Haley threw her softball to Bachmann.

"Our president decided to allow the NLRB, which he appoints members to, to try and stop what Boeing is doing in South Carolina. It's the most un-American thing I have ever seen," Haley said. "If you were president, knowing that he's saying that he can't do anything because it's an independent agency. If you were president how would you handle the situation?"

The National Labor Relations Board filed a complaint in April when Boeing decided it wanted to move production from its union-represented plant in Washington to a new plant in South Carolina, a right-to-work state where workers have a choice in joining a union.

The debate has pitted Democrats and Republicans against each other in a fiery debate over jobs. Boeing's critics claim the company is punishing workers for going on strike in Washington. Supporters say Boeing will be bringing 1,000 new jobs to South Carolina.

Bachmann repeated her position, that she would only appoint pro-growth jobs appointees to the labor board.

She also put the board on notice.

"If the NLRB would also be continuing their current stance, they may not last very long. Once they see what I do to the EPA they may shape up," Bachmann said, referring to the Environmental Protection Agency, which she said she would "lock the doors and shut off all the lights" if she became president.

Bachmann took the opportunity to compliment Haley's "pro-growth agenda" and preserving South Carolina as a right-to-work state.

"We need to make sure states like South Carolina are rewarded and not punished," she said.

The governor's participation in a town hall series with Bachmann, organized by Freshman Rep. Tim Scott, came up because she happened to be in town for another event.

"The governor was already in Charleston tonight, and Congressman Scott asked her to stop by. She was thrilled to do so," Haley spokesperson Rob Godfrey said.

Haley has not been shy about getting face time with presidential candidates passing through her state. The first-term governor has said she intends to endorse a candidate before the state's primary, which has a 20-year record of selecting the eventual presidential nominee.


Filed under: 2012 • Boeing • Jobs • Michele Bachmann • South Carolina
soundoff (216 Responses)
  1. Raymond

    What's unAmerican is our Govenor Lying on an application to get higher pay. What unAmerican is trying to stop Amazon from coming to SC by the way that's 2500 jobs. They don't won't Health Care refom and Bachman wants to shut the light on the EPA. God help us

    August 25, 2011 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  2. Michigan_Joe

    I find it so amusing to see Bachman actually getting press coverage. Even if she botches her responses, it still shouldn't make news. And what I really find is revolting is that this candidate is being ranked in the same of the same breath as a powerful woman along with the likes of Merkel and Clinton. I guess so much more for these "inaccurate"polls. Go figure that one out. This woman has no credentials to be even mentioned let alone being ranked. Go figure!

    August 25, 2011 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  3. macallen23

    So Bachmann wants to shutter the EPA as we're about to move our energy focus to natural gas, which involves deep and potentially dangerous drilling on multi-use land? Great. I'm sure no one should be providing oversight on something like that. That attitude worked so well with Wall Street.
    Republicans- please nominate an adult for the 2012 contest. Romney,Paul, Huntsman... I'll even take Perry if he promises to shoot his gun off during the debates.

    August 25, 2011 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  4. jake

    It's a good thing bachmann will NEVER be president then. $2 a gallon gas? and now saying she would destroy the epa? Who the hell does this incompetent think she is anyway? Cant wait to see Obama kick her sorry butt. And to all you know better than all republicans who think you know what's best for everybody else should take a really really good close look at the ideology behind the morons who wants to lead your party. It sure makes your goals and aspirations look somewhat provincial.

    August 26, 2011 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  5. Davis Todd

    Take note Washington State workers.

    August 26, 2011 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  6. mike in mn

    o apparently we don't need to protect the environment or jobs

    August 26, 2011 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  7. raddestnerd

    Bachmann will have to craft a wise message to convince America why she wants to do away with the EPA. As conservative as I am, and believe in as little regulation for businesses as possible, I feel the EPA is still a force for good to protect the environment.

    August 26, 2011 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  8. zip

    Ah, South Cooterlina. Damn, that's a big trailer park. Start another rebellion. This time we'll finish the job.

    August 26, 2011 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  9. NoTags

    Instead of worrying about a border fence America would be better off to erect a fence around the State of South Carolina.

    While the "looney tunes" such as Bachmann, Perry, DeMint, et. al. are inside, we could shut and lock the gate and protect the American public from these idiots.

    August 26, 2011 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  10. The Elephant in The Room

    Ms. Bachmann –

    1) How, specifically would you lower the price of gas to $2?

    2) Did you really say that the President spends $200M PER DAY when he travels?

    3) Could we expect you to micro-manage every Federal agency & board like you have advocated above.

    4) How old is the earth? Is it 6,000 years or closer to 6 BILLION?

    5) What steps, precisely would you take with N, Korea over the next 5 years?

    6) How is this an example of "pro-growth"? Washington state looses 1,000 jobs. South Carolina steals 1,000 jobs. The net change for America is ZERO. How is this pro-growth?

    August 26, 2011 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  11. Natalie in MN

    "Lock the door and shut off the lights" of EPA....very stupid! If the likes of Bachman, Perry and the rest of those idiots had their way, corporations could just crap all over the environment as long at it created crap jobs. They could dump their waste into our streams so kids can get exposed to all kinds of pollutants, as just one example of a million. Funny how Bachman and the rest of these windbags care so much about fetuses, yet putting controls on what corporations can do to the environment that directly impacts us all is a bad thing? Sick of this crap!

    August 26, 2011 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  12. steven harnack

    Sounds like a Dictator to me. Does she even know that Nixon started the EPA?

    August 26, 2011 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  13. Bill744

    Great... Why is it that a reasonable woman candidate cannot be found? Here we have someone who would shut down the EPA (who will keep our air and water clean?) and the NLRB (who will be the impartial arbiter of labor – management conflicts?) and who knows how many other functions of government that address the issues that the market will not!

    August 26, 2011 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  14. DixonIV

    She doesn't want to punish a right to work state, but will close down any pro-union state. Why shouldn't an employee have the right to negotiate for their pay in a socalled free market? The business has the right to do about anything they want. Germany does pretty well with the unions and the companies bottom line. Why can't our unions and business do the same? It is a battle ground instead of a team.
    She doesn't want to leave our children with a huge debt. However, she is ok with closing the EPA and allowing business to turn our beautiful country into a toilet. If she is elected you won't see deer / moose crossing signs on our Highways. They will be replaced with "you are entering a "Hazardous Waste Area, enter at your own risk". Sad to think she is so popular.

    August 26, 2011 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  15. Name king

    This is why America's middle class is dwindling. This country goes as far as the middle class takes us. These repugs keep defending large corporations embossing them to punish mainstreet, and giving them excuses to do what they really want to do, and that is to take jobs to china. Americas middle class is the only entity that is keeping America going. They buys our homes, cars high end appliances etc. They are dwindling at alarming rates as the repugs destroys every institutes that helps them be middle class. The last institute left standing is the labor union. If the
    repugs are successful of destroying the last entity middle class have. Well say good by to folks buying homes and their industries, say good by to expensive cars,
    and their industries, say good by to high end items and their industries. Look at what the repugs are doing, they are getting rid of most of the government middle class workers. This is having a devastating affect on local small businesses, because all they have left is private sector middle class folks who goes up and down with the stock markets. There is no stable revenue source that they can count on. Big business are seeing the march of destruction that the repugs are doing and they are high tailing it to china, which is growing at an alarming rate, and guest what folks, china is ran by the government. I bet this just make the repugs and tea baggers sick to their stomach, since they claim only capitalism can survive.

    August 26, 2011 04:10 am at 4:10 am |
  16. Brandon

    "Haley threw her softball to Bachmann."

    Keyword here: SOFTBALL. Because poor wittle Michelle Bachmann doesn't want to play with anything hard (except maybe her husband's hard-on).

    "Haley has not been shy about getting face time with presidential candidates passing through her state. The first-term governor has said she intends to endorse a candidate before the state's primary, which has a 20-year record of selecting the eventual presidential nominee."

    I smell pandering for the VP slot.

    August 26, 2011 04:20 am at 4:20 am |
  17. whoosh

    MOVE along, there is nothing to see here! As always, never an answer that outline any specifics. Always attack, dodge, attack, dodge. That is becoming soooooo Old. We, Americans are tired of that same ole' Obama this, Obama that, Obama should, Obama shouldn't Obama.,Obama, Obama. That won't win you the election ms Clown.

    August 26, 2011 04:37 am at 4:37 am |
  18. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    So Haley ignored her fellow wingnuts when they called her a raghead? Snookie Palin is comming after Bachmann's money and media interviews.

    August 26, 2011 05:41 am at 5:41 am |
  19. chuckwagon

    Republicans will say and do anything to unseat the President, including ruining the economy. Mit cannot beat him-too much negative baggage in his background, especially his health care program, which he will not shake. This fact alone will lose votes from republicans. Ranger Rick Perry: Too extreme with his evangelical, right wing, tea party, do it my way or else mentality. Although our electorate is stupid as evidenced by the last election (easily swayed), they will never go for this extreme George Bush type of candidate. The more he's in the news, the more we will see him place his foot into his mouth (e.g. comments yesterday). Michelle "My Bell" Bachmann, more exposure means more obvious room temperature IQ ("While we're at it, folks, let's wish Elvis a Happy Birthday today") Oh, today is the anniversary of his death, sorry. While she's a bit smarter than Sarah, she is still not electable. She is outwardly against SS and Medicare, and when our electorate finally realize this, she's done. She would spend most of her time in Washington trying to talk Barney Frank straight while the world would pass her by. Bottom line: President Obama will win the election, and he will be better prepared to deal with the destructive forces in Congress (Boehner & Company). Hopefully, many of them will be gone when Obama takes (D) with him in the next election.

    August 26, 2011 05:48 am at 5:48 am |
  20. SCAtheist

    Gov Haley gets to decide what's un-American eh? How about not having roads or an education system?

    August 26, 2011 05:48 am at 5:48 am |
  21. chuckwagon

    Facts conveniently overlooked by (R):

    1. Republican Leaders Agree U.S. Default would have been a "Financial Disaster"
    2. Ronald Reagan Tripled the National Debt
    3. George W. Bush Doubled the National Debt
    4. Republicans Voted Seven Times to Raise Debt Ceiling for President Bush
    5. Federal Taxes Are Now at a 60 Year Low
    6. Bush Tax Cuts Didn't Pay for Themselves or Spur "Job Creators"
    7. Ryan Budget Delivers Another Tax Cut Windfall for Wealthy
    8. Ryan Budget Will Require Raising Debt Ceiling – Repeatedly
    9. Tax Cuts Drive the Next Decade of Debt
    10. $3 Trillion Tab for Unfunded Wars Remains Unpaid
    11. Pres added about 2T to debt, but wars cost accounted for most of that.

    August 26, 2011 06:07 am at 6:07 am |
  22. Marie MD

    Oh please, haley is waiting for her queen of mean from AK to tell her who to endorse, if anybody since she is not going to run and if she does it will be the best comedy in the world.
    How is the world has sc become the go to for repug candidates? They have demint and every out of the closet racist politicians imaginable.

    August 26, 2011 06:20 am at 6:20 am |
  23. P.G

    Close the EPA? Even animals know enough not to crap in their own space, Michele.

    August 26, 2011 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  24. Cigarman

    I am and always have been Pro Union. The NLRB should have nothing to say about where a company locates or relocates to. I would hate to see the United States without Labor unions. What the unions have to do to maintain their union is to actually work and then they deserve high pay. I used to hire all building trades in the business that i was in. I would expect the trades to come to the jobsite with the proper tools that are cited in their union contract, very few did. The downfall to the unions is their own making. They are demanding to much hourly, to many benefits. just too much. I am Pro union, but they have gone to far.

    August 26, 2011 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  25. rdarkchild

    Do you have to be stupid to be a Republican?
    Maybe you just have have wish hard that it's 1950 again.

    August 26, 2011 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
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