Gov. Haley's husband to deploy to Afghanistan
July 30th, 2012
04:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Gov. Haley's husband to deploy to Afghanistan

(CNN) - South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley's husband received orders from the South Carolina National Guard on Monday and is expected to deploy to Afghanistan in January, a spokesman in her office said.

1st Lieutenant Michael Haley will deploy to Afghanistan, spokesman Rob Godfrey said.

Michael Haley said in a Monday statement that "this deployment is the reason I joined the National Guard."

"It is important to me to be able to give back. So, in that regard, I am looking forward to the opportunity to serve with a great team from South Carolina," he continued.

Gov. Haley said it is an "an honor to watch him serve our country" and said it is natural to worry about her husband's well-being.

"There's not a military spouse that doesn't worry," she said. "But there's not a military spouse that doesn't have an amazing amount of pride for the fact that these men and women, it's what they do. It's what they love. It's just an amazing willingness to put country over self. And so It's hard to feel anything but pride and, you know, do you worry? Yes, of course you worry.

"But I also know that we've got a very strong military force," she continued. "I know that our training is second to none, and it's like I tell all my military spouses when I speak to other deployments: all needs to be well on the homefront. And so we will be fine here and he just needs to take care of himself when he's there."

She was elected in 2010 with tea party support and has been suggested by some as a possible vice presidential pick for presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. In an April interview, however, she said that she enjoys her job and "would not accept" the spot.

Michael Haley added that "the only thing that gives me pause is the year long deployment away from family.

"But in the end, I can't help but to think giving one year along with my fellow soldiers, as many have done before me, to secure a life of freedom for my family is well worth all that comes with it," he continued.

- CNN's John Branch contributed to this report

Filed under: Afghanistan • Nikki Haley • South Carolina
soundoff (80 Responses)
  1. Woman In California

    Everyone except those five good for nothing sons of Willard M. Romney.

    He won't get MINE for HIS this time.

    Vote NO to Willard.

    July 30, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Too bad he won't get to shake hands with Mitt the Twit while in Afghanistan.
    Mitt is staying as far away as possible from the type of military conflict that he loves to endorse.
    His world tour is really nothing but an international fundraising spree.

    July 30, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  3. FedUp

    Good luck sir. Stay safe. Thank you for serving your country.

    July 30, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  4. California Gary

    Good for him. Maybe he'll come in contact over there with the Romney sons.........when do they deploy again?

    July 30, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  5. Myviewis

    Wow and people said she was out of touch with reality, who knew.

    July 30, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  6. Jesus Christ Superstar

    Wow, who knew that you could use Gov. Haley & honorable in the same sentence

    July 30, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  7. Bob

    It's about time a Repuke actually served their country instead of suckng the lifeblood out of it.

    July 30, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  8. 2020

    Better if she deploys to Afghanstan. When she comes back she has something valuable to say.

    July 30, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  9. Wes B.

    Thank you to Lt. Haley for his service!

    But I can't help wonder how long we're going to be fighting this war in Afghanistan. Never ending war???

    July 30, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  10. swing state voter

    would never vote for this lady but i have to give them credit.

    July 30, 2012 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  11. when your nightmares end WILLARD begins

    if we vote Obama back into office in November she will have a much better chance of having her husband return home sooner and safer than if we pull the lever for Romney. But as a Romney supporter I am sure she doesn't see it that way. Over 10 years is enough, folks!

    July 30, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  12. The Real Tom Paine

    Good luck, Lt. Haley. God Bless.

    July 30, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  13. Maria Rivera-Carvalho

    What? A well to do Republican willing to serve his country? He should give Mitt and Boys a call to see how real Republicans act. They serve and they don't give lip service to patriotism. Romney is not a true Republican, he is a globalist that will do anything to protect his money. Maybe if the Cayman Islands go to war Mitt and Boys might see a need to get involved to save their interests. American freedom is not too hign on their priority list.

    July 30, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  14. ObamaJoe

    Are we sending our soldiers to Afghanistan ???????


    Aren't they coming back ??????????????????

    July 30, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  15. sonny chapman

    A Repub. going to war ? Now that is News.

    July 30, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |

    Big whoop. My brother-in-law has been deployed 4 times. I didn't see an article about that! At any rate, I thank all our soldiers and veterans for their service to our country.

    July 30, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  17. rs

    Godspeed, sir!

    July 30, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  18. belinda

    This woman is an insult to Women everywhere , not just here in America . She's just another mouthpiece for the always self serving and Greedy , The Republican Party of traitors. Who are willing to see this Country go down just for the sake of getting rid of our President . I am very happy to see her husband go to Afghanistan just like everyone else .

    July 30, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  19. Myviewis

    Woman In California

    Everyone except those five good for nothing sons of Willard M. Romney.

    He won't get MINE for HIS this time.

    Vote NO to Willard.

    I have to ask, are you this upset with President Clinton for not serving in the military either? Or President Obama for not serving either?

    July 30, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  20. Thomas

    Hundreds of millions of US taxpayer dollars may have been wasted on poorly managed infrastructure projects in Afghanistan, a report to Congress says.

    I would never vote for your wife or Mr. Romney.

    But I thank you for your service and wish you a safe return Lt. Haley.

    July 30, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  21. Tree

    So What ! There's a lot of American man and women been deploy so what makes this one SPECIAL CNN ?

    July 30, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  22. Dave Jaipersaud

    I am sure she is very excited that her husband is going to help build Afghanistan and protect our freedom here in America. As a Republican I am sure she agrees with Romney that US troops should remain there in a fighting role indefinitely. Maybe she ought to go there to help ensure we have freedom here in America.

    July 30, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |

    Welcome to America 2012 folks. Godspeed to him and a safe return is prayed for any of our troops in Afghanistan. Perhaps this deployment will hit close to home for Gov Haley. May her outlook change as a result.

    July 30, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  24. Guest


    It's about time a Repuke actually served their country instead of suckng the lifeblood out of it.
    July 30, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |

    What about all the registered Republicans serving in the armed forces every day? You're completely clueless.

    July 30, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  25. Guest


    Did you really just wish that Lt Haley comes to harm on this deployment on the outside chance it furthers your political views? You're a horrible excuse for a human being.

    July 30, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
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