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. NoTags

    A civil war era legislator (James Louis Petigru) once stated;

    "South Carolina is too small for a republic, and too large to be an insane asylum."

    With the likes of Nikki Haley, Jim DeMint, and Lindsey Graham calling South Carolina home, I'm not sure it's too large to be an insane asylum.

    September 26, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  2. Newt Gingrich

    We are going to stay up late, braid each other's hair, and talk about boys!

    September 26, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  3. Former South Carolina Resident

    Well the unemployment rate speaks for its self 10.9% of the state is unemployed and Gov. Haley's policies of cutting the budget apparently shows that its not getting any better cuts without investment leaves you in the same situation.

    September 26, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  4. NoTags

    @ 4:13 pm democrat in valparaiso said; "So Newt thinks he's going to bag and shag the governor's wife, eh?"

    Nikki Haley is not the Governor's wife, Nikki Haley IS the SC Governor.

    September 26, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  5. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    So what? Is Newtie-boy looking for a number 4 who isn't as high maintenance as number 3? Will he get a Bishop to approve an annulment, or just going back to being a baptist? Sounds more like a plot for "Desperate Housewives" than trying to get an endorsement from the Governor.

    September 26, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  6. The Greedy Old Pigs have lost their minds!

    Sounds like someone is going to be a notch on someone else's bedpost. Certainly there is no intellectual reason for these two lightweights to be spending a night together.

    September 26, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  7. Michael

    Nimrata "nikki" has been known to sleep around with a few men or so.....

    September 26, 2011 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  8. GI Joe

    I want to see HER long form birth certificate - and we need to use her REAL NAME.

    September 26, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  9. Noodle Nose Johnson

    It's cuz he can't afford a hotel because he has no campaign funds left. Callista requires more jewelry.

    September 26, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  10. Blackman in America

    WHICH means what? He know is the their "great white hope"?

    September 26, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama


    The current Mrs. Gingrich had better lookout! Affair number 4 might happen.....
    Well babe that would be "affair #4" by Newt's 'conservative count!
    If the truth were told, I think he's more into the double-digits in the unofficial count. lol!

    September 26, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  12. Indy

    Romney is going for a sleep over at Trunps and Newts is going to a pajama party at Haleys and we wonder why Republicans are the joke of the world right now.

    September 26, 2011 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  13. blf83

    Newt has no campaign, and no future as president.

    September 26, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  14. SecedingfromTexas

    "We are going to stay up late, braid each other's hair and talk about boys"
    Didn't she do that with Bachmann's husband?

    September 26, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  15. CBR

    And this is news because.................................

    September 26, 2011 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  16. Russ

    Boy, the last thing any candidate should want is to be associated with one of the most corrupt Governors in the country. Oh, wait, that's exactly why they want to associate with her. Never mind.

    September 26, 2011 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  17. Copper's Donut Shoppe

    Only in dog and pony show America would those TV stunts be called a debate. They should instead be called vaudeville shows. The very portly Mz. Haley is taking a chance in having Newt "Big Rig" G in the house at night. I hope she has extra security.
    Folks think the queen size Mz. Haley is a hottie ~ we are, as a nation, in very serious trouble.
    Bring on the size 20 bikini.

    September 26, 2011 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  18. Marie MD

    Wife number four? This is supposed to impress us because? She is a figment of the quitter's imagination and the idiots in sc who continue to vote the worse of the worse that their politicians have to offer.
    @lewis – please check your glasses or get new ones. Pretty???? Pleeeeeeeeeeeease!!!

    September 26, 2011 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  19. Copper's Donut Shoppe

    Banned in Boston ....Again ??
    was it the size 20 bikini comment?

    September 26, 2011 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  20. W L Jones

    Look like Newt came back to Yamesee country to get a new beginning. Bless.

    September 26, 2011 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  21. Atul Chaudhary

    Typical liberals of attacking the messenger rather than the message. All liberals know this that if Newt becomes the republican candidate barring his personal life, they have nothing else to go after. He will literally chew Obama raw.

    September 26, 2011 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  22. Terry Gloege

    I hope Mrs. Gingrich will be there as well. Newtie really can't be trusted around women.

    September 26, 2011 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  23. Mr. Moderate

    If his track record is any indication, I am sure he is getting tired of wife number three and on the prowl for number four at this point.

    September 26, 2011 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  24. dude

    what a surprise: a politician freeloading off the state! Shock!

    September 26, 2011 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  25. sunsohot

    GOP wants government to intervene only when it suits them.

    September 26, 2011 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
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