June 2nd, 2010
11:38 AM ET
13 years ago

Haley addresses scandal in new TV ad

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(CNN) - Her accuser has, for now, fallen silent. But with less than a week remaining before next Tuesday's Republican primary, South Carolina gubernatorial hopeful Nikki Haley continues to face questions about an alleged affair with conservative blogger Will Folks.

Haley addressed the chatter once again in a debate Tuesday night in Florence.

"The questions raised about my personal life aren't true," she said, according to The State newspaper.

But her campaign, keen on making the most out of her moment in the spotlight, is also taking on the accusation in a new campaign ad depicting her as a dedicated wife and mother.

"I've seen the dark side of our state's politics," Haley says in the ad, an apparent reference to the scandal. But, she adds, "I know the bright side of our state's people."

The 30-second commercial, Haley's third of the campaign, flashes images of the Republican frontrunner with her children and prominently features her husband, Michael.

Haley's three rivals in the GOP race are Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer, Attorney General Henry McMaster and Rep. Gresham Barrett.

Unless one of the candidates earns more than 50 percent of the vote next Tuesday - an unlikely prospect - the race will head to a runoff between to the top two finishers.

Filed under: Nikki Haley • South Carolina
soundoff (45 Responses)

    Typical GOP tactic, deny, deny, deny until the other side presents the Truth, then just claim you mis-spoke. How many times have we seen this play?

    Vote NO in NOvember to the party of NO.

    June 2, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  2. denise

    sorry for the spelling

    Why don't she tell people about her parents being immigrants from India. Is she a immigrant also or was she born in America? Can she produce a Birth Certificate.

    June 2, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  3. Ted

    Just watch, this will blow up and Haley will be guilty of the charge and embarrassing her husband and children into doing the perp walk with her. How sleazy? Typical Republican family values crap. Do as I say, not as I do.

    June 2, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  4. gino

    The "questions aren't true"? How can a question be true or false? Another Sarah Palin has a go at destroying language and logic. Did she or didn't she?

    June 2, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  5. Joyce in South Carolina

    Where there is "Smoke, there must be fire."
    I, for one, do not believe her denials.

    I certainly hope she does not become our next governor.

    South Carolina deserves a lot better, after Governor Sanford.

    June 2, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  6. ramtruck2500

    Oh for gods sake! Like I don't beleive she had an affair after this grand orchestration! Come on. Oh well its not in my state or it would not be where she is!

    June 2, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  7. Larry

    LOL. I wish South Carolina would drop into the ocean.

    June 2, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  8. rs

    Is it the questions (about her life) that aren't true, or her answers to those questions?

    June 2, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  9. Betty

    Nikki you are not addressing anything but more scandals. Leave it alone because in the eyes of many viewers you are no better than the governor now except you have on a skirt. You want come out and yes or no but always I am not addressing the issue. First and foremost you are not perfect and stop trying to be like Barbie Palin before you have to end up like her. Leave the mess out of it unless you can truely say I have not but most people in their right mind beleive you did.

    June 2, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  10. Capt. Snarky

    Best Wishes, Haley. Fight the slander......

    June 2, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  11. Dave

    NO defamation lawsuit means guilt!

    June 2, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  12. Jim In Miami

    If her accuser was lying – she would be suing him for slander (at the least).
    Where are the lawyers?
    Where is the lawsuit?

    June 2, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  13. mgd24

    Why is it that I find it hard to trust somebody with teeth that white?

    June 2, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  14. Le

    Come clean, Nikki. What exhausted working woman has lengthy phone calls all night long? Mmmmm?

    June 2, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  15. rita

    That's it. Parade the political prerequisite 2.5 children in front of the camera to disprove homosexuality or adultery and prove heterosexual monogamy. It has worked before. If you need more children in the picture, ask Rick Santorum to lend a few dozen.

    June 2, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  16. Djinn

    Sarah has convinced her she can just "lie it away."

    June 2, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  17. notfooledbydistractions

    Oh good. After being mentioned that she had an affair, she brings a prop to appear in her ad. Wonder how cheap he feels.

    June 2, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  18. Video Guy

    Nikki, I have a question. Who has our Government? If our Government is a something that you and your friends can take back, what makes you think you can do better?

    June 2, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  19. sonny chapman

    The real Dark Side of South Carolina politics is that they're XENOPHOBIC. Any thing or one that strays from the norm must be stamped out. P.S.–I'm from the South.

    June 2, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  20. independent

    There may be another shoe to drop.

    June 2, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
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