Gingrich to stay at South Carolina governor's mansion
September 26th, 2011
03:26 PM ET
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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. Bill

    I guess the local hotel was not good enough for this bloatred, self-consumed, irrelvant blowhard.

    September 26, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  2. Golden Girl

    They kiss and make-up real quickly, don't they?

    September 26, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  3. S.C.

    I don't think the people of SC should pick up the tab for Republicans running for President. The total unemployment may be 10.p percent, but in the county of Greenwood, SC it is higher with a poverty rate of 24 percent. The rock star governor is not doing anything for the people of SC.

    September 26, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Lock your bedroom door Nikki.

    September 26, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  5. Republicans have dog shovel ready projects for brains

    An overnight with Newt? Uh oh. Get that Tiffany's card ready for some apology bling.
    SC wants to stay in a cycle of poverty. Keep fighting for those peasant wages Newt and Nimrata "Nikki".

    September 26, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |

    The current Mrs. Gingrich had better lookout! Affair number 4 might happen.....

    September 26, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Go away newt, go yalk glen beck

    September 26, 2011 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  8. Amir

    WHat up brook? Can I download an image of you to my desktop?

    September 26, 2011 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  9. Ellie

    Newt said House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan's proposal is "radical change" and "right-wing social engineering." The truth hurts, doesn't it Gov. Haley?

    September 26, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    I smell divorce papers in the works.

    September 26, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  11. Olaf Big

    Nikki and Newtie,
    it's so cutie.
    Newite and Nikki,
    GOP is not picky

    September 26, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  12. Lewis

    Is he looking for a new wife? She is pretty.

    September 26, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    I guess Gov. Haley doesn't care about the jobs being lost in Washington state. I guess Gov. Haley doesn't want to hear about how Boeing reneged on its' contractual obligations, negotiated in bad faith, and then decided to take their ball and go home by moving the plant to SC.

    If top executives are making money hand over foot, record breaking salaries *and* bonuses year in and year out, why shouldn't unions demand more from the company? Apparently, the company can afford it, but the top executives cannot. It would cut into their own raises that they vote to give themselves.

    September 26, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    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.
    Not the President's job to do so.
    Handle it Little Nikki, you're the governor of the huge roach state, er, palmetto state.

    September 26, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  15. thomas

    Why wouldn't Newt stay in the Governors mansion !

    Both Nikki Haley and Newt Gingrich think of themselves as elected aristocracy !

    Breakfast at Tiffany's !

    September 26, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  16. Thomas

    Maybe wife number 4???

    September 26, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  17. lynn

    Newt is so irrelevant in the primary it's laughable he's still sucking up everybody for an endorsement. In his wildest dreams does the man with a half-million dollar line of credit at Tiffany's think any middle American would vote for him? Besides, does he really want his dirty personal life aired in public?

    September 26, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  18. Obama 2012

    Nimrata Randhawa aka Nikki Haley and Piyush Jindal aka Bobby Jindal. Ilegal immigrants/anchor babies!

    September 26, 2011 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    Newt told the truth about the radical right wing social engineering. Then they got him behind closed doors, assimilated him, and he changed his story. Poor guy.

    September 26, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  20. Louisiana Man

    He didn't mention Piyush' Bobby' Jindal. That must be the only state our absentee governor has missed. While Piyush is busy fundraising in other states, LA flounders and stays stagnant. His only interest is upward mobility and licking up contenders to be on a high profile ticket- and the GOP drones of LA cant see it. Maybe next year you will be invited, Piyush.

    September 26, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  21. Joe B

    Do you mean Nimrata Randhawa? Why humor these people who want to make up fake names for themselves.

    September 26, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  22. carly

    cute. I wonder if they will have a pajama party. hot coco and all. what a bunch of losers.

    September 26, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  23. Joe B

    Nikki Haley? That's as legitimate a stage name as "P. Diddy". Why not call her by her real name Nimrata Randhawa?

    September 26, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  24. democrat in valparaiso

    So Newt thinks he's going to bag and shag the governor's wife, eh?

    September 26, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  25. Real Patriot

    Nikki is lowering her standards.....creepy.....

    September 26, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
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