S.C. Gov. Haley backs Romney
December 16th, 2011
08:52 AM ET
2 years ago

S.C. Gov. Haley backs Romney

(CNN) – Republican South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley endorsed Mitt Romney for president Friday, stressing his history in the private sector.

Haley, whose state hosts the first-in-the-South primary, pointed to the former Massachusetts governor’s history outside Washington, saying that experience is needed to “get America back on track.”

“He is a conservative businessman who has spent his life working in the economy, and he understands exactly how jobs are created. He is not a creature of Washington, and he knows what it means to make decisions – real decisions – not simply cast a vote,” Haley said in a statement.

The 2012 GOP candidates courted the backing of Haley, the first-term governor, in the lead-up to her state’s early voting contest on Jan. 21.


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Nikki Haley • South Carolina
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Jilli

    Wow, I'm sure she, and her 34% approval rating will win over a lot of voters.

    December 16, 2011 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I must have missed CNN's report on the deal that will avoid the republicans attempt to shut down government. Kudos to the GOP for standing strong against the environment, and blocking the new energy standards for light bulbs, and getting the delay for the Labor Department rule requiring a reduction in coal dust responsible for 'black lung disease.' The GOP has to be proud of their anti American stand on these important issues.

    December 16, 2011 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  3. Donkey Party

    Sure, as a "businessman", Romney knows exactly how to lie, cheat, and steal, and is very knowledgeable on how to ship jobs overseas. What a joke these people are. Do they think we're as stupid as them? Romney ranked 3rd from the bottom as a job creator during his time as governor, and has helped destroy more jobs than most politicians in modern history. Typical GOP, the "not intended to be factual" party. Pathetic and disgusting.

    December 16, 2011 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  4. made up my mind

    I agree. Romney 2012

    December 16, 2011 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  5. da

    I still think the State overall will go to somebody else.

    December 16, 2011 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  6. Jedi Mind Trick

    And just what part of Romney's liberal policies square with those of the "Obama bone in nose" Tea Party?

    December 16, 2011 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  7. Phil in KC

    Interesting. Very conservative state with a lot of the 'values' voters (formerly known as the so-called moral majority). And she endorses Mitt. That's quite a coup.

    December 16, 2011 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  8. paul

    Saw you on Rachel's show last night gov. Way to be truthful for FOIA request.

    December 16, 2011 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  9. Sandy

    And this is supposed to be a good thing? Nikki Haley's approval ratings have been dipping. People are starting to feel the wrath of her policies.

    December 16, 2011 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  10. Name king

    A business man is the worst person to have as.president, mitt is for the strong, and the weak old, and unfortunates will be left out in the cold. He will aprosch the presidency as business, if you are just making it you will be cast away. If your less than that your business will be locked down. Its all about the mentality of cut and considation for these folks. We've got the best president now, who has a community mind frame. Which means you wont be left aside if you fall on your face. Mitt will enhance the shoveling of our money to the top, which have seen for 10 years that it just doesn't work, because these rich folks are sucking our economy dry and are not investing back into the economy.

    December 16, 2011 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  11. Larry L

    Another "troller" for the VP shot. She's crazy enough for the Tea Baggers and Republicans seemed to be drawn to a fairly attractive woman in the Vice President's role. Newt would like that...

    December 16, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  12. Peter Wolfe

    Who gives a crap what this conservative idealogue thinks? Honestly S.C primrary is already dominated by only conservatives this go round not centerist anyways. It is all about blaming the President or saying anchedetal arguments like Obamacare shows how stupid our f-n country has become. Honestly we deserve to fail if we elect our presidents based off the recent talks.

    December 16, 2011 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  13. Marie MD

    SC rears it's ugly head. Considering how this one got her job and who endorsed her good luck $250M flopper!

    December 16, 2011 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  14. Riley

    She will be a great vice president under a president romney.

    December 16, 2011 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  15. Lynda/Minnesota

    "The 2012 GOP candidates courted the backing of Haley, the first-term governor, in the lead-up to her state’s early voting contest on Jan. 21."

    Amazing, isn't it? Courting Nikki Haley of all people. Less amazing is that she is endorsing Mitt. It's not as if he didn't help finance HER campaign. Yawn.

    December 16, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  16. Al-NY,NY

    nobody with a working brain cares what you think..."Nikki" especially when you make blatently false statements like “He is a conservative businessman who has spent his life working in the economy, and he understands exactly how jobs are created." Well, I take that back. He does know how to create jobs....in other countries as his corporate raider ideology has killed plenty of US jobs and sent them overseas

    December 16, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  17. jerseylou

    I want to see her Birth Certificate.

    December 16, 2011 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  18. Rudy NYC

    Gov. Romney is a hybrid. He's another establishment conservative with ties to Wall Street [he already has four times the donations as Obama] because Romney has influence in Washington. Romney is the stereotype of the plutocratic ruler. He has spent his life selling capital, which he claims creates jobs. That is misleading.

    Investment doesn't create the jobs as much as the people who you are investing in create the jobs. Just remember this, though. Romney's investments were not driven with the goal to create jobs. His investments were driven by the goal to turn a quick profit on his capital.

    A plutocracy is the pinnacle of capitalism. It is a society where there is no manufactured goods, and the only product that you sell is capital itself. In a society such as that has no room or tolerance for the middle class or the poor. They are a drain on the wealth of the plutocrats. Sound familiar?

    December 16, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  19. NH Grandma

    So what, who really gives a dang about this woman; is Romney that desperate? Romney and the rest of the GOP clan are a laughing stock at this point. His opinions change like the weather. Who would call that leadership?

    December 16, 2011 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  20. Slightly Left of Center

    “He is a conservative businessman who has spent his life working in the economy, and he understands exactly how jobs are created..."

    I'd like someone who creates jobs HERE in the USA!!!

    December 16, 2011 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  21. Publius Novus

    Willard and Haley may or may not "understand" how a job is created. But neither one has ever created one–although it is my understanding that Willard has cut, destroyed, or exported quite a few.

    December 16, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  22. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    I'm more concerned on why Nikki was for something in public and against it in private(Healthcare Law). Thank God for the Freedom of Information Act. It just goes to show you how crooked these republican politicians are.

    December 16, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  23. lynn

    Here's a dollar, call somebody who cares what Haley says.

    December 16, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |