Gingrich to stay at South Carolina governor's mansion
September 26th, 2011
03:26 PM ET
3 years ago

Gingrich to stay at South Carolina governor's mansion

Washington (CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich will overnight at the South Carolina governor's mansion next month during a campaign visit to early primary state, a spokesman for Gov. Nikki Haley said Monday.

Each of the Republican candidates are angling for Haley's endorsement, and Gingrich will be the second candidate to crash at the mansion after Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, who has already stayed there twice this year.

Haley has invited all of the candidates to stay at the mansion as they pass through the Palmetto State hunting for votes.

Gingrich and Haley will certainly have much to talk about.

Haley publicly castigated the former House Speaker in May after he called the budget plan crafted by House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan "radical change" and "right-wing social engineering."

Haley told CNN at the time, "When you have a conservative fighting for real change, the last thing we need is a presidential candidate cutting him off at the knees."

But Gingrich, who has climbed in the polls after a series of debate performances, may have scored some points with the governor since the tumultuous early days of his campaign.

In July, Gingrich was the first GOP candidate to tour the Charleston area Boeing Dreamliner plant at the center of an ongoing dispute between the company and the National Labor Relations Board.

Haley has said the Obama administration's refusal to intervene in the case and allow the production facility to open is costing the state much-needed jobs.

Both Haley and Gingrich have accused Obama of coddling Democratic-friendly labor unions.

South Carolina, a so-called "right-to-work" state, has an unemployment rate of 10.9 percent.

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Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich • Nikki Haley • South Carolina
soundoff (85 Responses)
  1. Jimbo

    Hey, maybe he'll meet his fourth potential wife there! They can fall in love as they share views about family values. Why the heck is this guy even bothering to run?

    September 26, 2011 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  2. obama2012

    Amazing comment obama2008, both governors of Indian origin were born to either a doctor couple or highly educated ones. Not the offspring of redneck cousins. wake up.

    September 26, 2011 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  3. sqeptiq

    How is it that a right-to-work state can have an unemployment rate almost 2 points higher than the national average? Could it be that hating unions is not the key to nirvana?

    September 26, 2011 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  4. "The GOP biggest deception is getting the Poor and Middle class to believe they are out to help them"

    The question is who is funding Newt, why and how is he still in this campaign? I mean it seems he is only in it to be a some sort of voice of nonsense for the GOP. To be honest that is really all any of them are doing just talking noise that those hungry teabangers want to hear which is really pathetic!!

    September 26, 2011 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  5. jimatmadison

    Well, at least he'll get to bag another trollop before he fades off into irrelevance again.

    Nikki's rep isn't as bad as Newt's, but they both have 'history'. I would guess the current Mrs Newt (#3) never assumed he'd be faithful.

    September 26, 2011 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  6. atroy

    one little,
    two little,
    three little indians......

    September 26, 2011 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  7. Squigman

    Why is this news? What purpose does it fill in the life of the common man, to know where this creep hangs his hat? Does this come out of the pockets of the tax payers? And if it does, why.

    September 26, 2011 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  8. jesor

    hmmm.....free government housing during a campaign....sounds communist.

    September 26, 2011 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  9. Pat in il

    Why do they still call him a candidate?

    September 26, 2011 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  10. Sarabaracudawitz

    Imagine what the kids will look like

    September 27, 2011 01:51 am at 1:51 am |
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