June 4th, 2010
02:43 PM ET
11 years ago

Jenny Sanford: 'Our state is better than this'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/06/04/art.jsanford.jpg caption="Jenny Sanford is maintaining her support for Nikki Haley in the South Carolina GOP primary race."](CNN) - Jenny Sanford is re-affirming her support for Nikki Haley in the South Carolina governor's race, a day after the Indian-American candidate was called a "raghead" by a political foe.

"I have watched with revulsion the spectacle that is now surrounding the Governor's race," Sanford said in a statement Friday. "Our state is better than this."

Haley has also denied multiple claims of infidelity over the last two weeks, accusations she says are being pushed by rival campaigns.

"I can't help but think that these attacks are being leveled at Nikki Haley because of the courageous stands she has taken over the years in defense of taxpayers and government reform - stands that offend many of the most powerful interests in state government," said Sanford, who endorsed Haley last November. "I am more convinced than ever that Nikki Haley is the best person to be South Carolina's next Governor."

Haley, a state Representative from Lexington, is seen as Gov. Mark Sanford's ideological heir in the governor's race, but the scandal-tainted governor has cautiously stayed out of the race to succeed him.

Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer, Rep. Gresham Barrett and Attorney General Henry McMaster are also seeking the GOP gubernatorial nomination on June 8.

McMaster was endorsed Friday by former Gov. David Beasley.

Filed under: Jenny Sanford • Nikki Haley • South Carolina
soundoff (72 Responses)
  1. Mike

    These are some of the trashiest people I've ever seen! Affairs! Ragheads! Come on people, speak about issues facing the people of the great state of South Carolina! As a southerner, I am embarressed. You politicians in SC are making ALL southerners look like trash.

    June 4, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  2. NVa Native

    These comments from Bubba are a reflection of the GOP no matter if they are in the Carolinas or teabaggers.
    Read the fourteen elements of fascism and it will all be very clear.
    Take off those rose colored glasses and give it a try.

    June 4, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  3. Charlie in Maine

    You know what Jenny, Your party is better than that too. At least they used to be. I don't even recognize the party of Lincoln, Margrett Chase Smith or even Ronald Reagan in the right-wing nut manifesto that my state's GOP adopted.

    This racist idiot should have no more place in your party you know it and I know it.

    June 4, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  4. Remember the Alamo

    When it come dow to being racial the OBAMA supporters are exempt. RIGHT??? Boy their sense of judgement and common sense is nonexistent.

    June 4, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  5. JR

    "Our state is better than this.", no, no I'm afraid it isn't Jenny.

    June 4, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  6. PalmReader

    How disingenuous of Nikki to now back track by pledging to resign IF the accusations against her are PROVEN to be true . . .

    Rather a waste of time voting for her, don't you think?

    June 4, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  7. Dennis The Bald

    kinda reminds me of a joke where he asks her if she'd like to have dinner and she says "would I? but he hears "wood eye" and retorts "peg leg"

    But, we haven't heard her call him a cracker, or a pig or any of the things that would seem appropriate... maybe she doesn't have the mud slinging skills to excel in S.C. politics.

    June 4, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  8. Jim Brodie

    No, it's not Jennie. And YOU should be the first to know!

    June 4, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  9. billybob 'n NC

    Jenny: "Our state (sic S.C.) is better than this."

    Jenny, I used to live there and a lot of my family still do; You are wrong; it is NOT better than this. If it were, the people would put a stop to it instead of rallying around it.

    I just guess I had rather be a "raghead" than a "sheet wearer."

    June 4, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  10. Jim Brodie

    Too bad we can't vote SC off the island we call the USA.

    June 4, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  11. Tari Torch Sweeney - Shaker Heights, OH

    I am sad, appalled, disgusted, and more.....by the comments and innuendos being thrown out in the SC Governor's race. It's not about if she had an affair (s) (that's another story), but that people feel "comfortable" enough to even say those things..."raghead", "accusations without proof...." – that make me worried and quite frankly, afraid for our country. It is about the state of grace that has been suspended by people who feel they now are at liberty to say anything, nasty or not, and to hell with the consequences. There are days when I thank God that my Mom died 10 years ago...she missed 9/11 and all the horrific things since then. She was political, and active, and would have hated seeing and hearing this stuff. She taught mentally,emotionally and behaviorally disturbed children for 45+ years....do you know what kind of person you have to be to do that? Seems that this country has lost its way. And nasty people, kind of like zombies out of the ground, have risen up. Pretty scary. And sad.

    June 4, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |

    As much as she might want to think her state is better than this in actuality, no it isn't. When you have the GOP preaching hate and contempt and the republicans in your state go along with it your state is what we get. The old white boy mentality and the ignorance of the truth is truly the result of the GOP lies and hate and there's only one way to change it.

    Vote NO in NOvember to the party of NO.

    June 4, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  13. Steve (the real one)

    IMO, all this bigotry , hatred, and racism is cyclic! In the 50's thru the 70's it was mostly DEM leadership hating (George Wallace-Bull Conner- voting down the Civil Right Act of 1964l). Look it up! Don't get too smarmy Liberals,if you think your recent history is history! By in all seriousness, hatred is not bound to party, state or race. Even the most biased and blinded Dem/GOP member would know that!

    June 4, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  14. 8 years of the Bush Error = How many years of recession and unemployment?

    "Our state is better than this."

    Uh, not sure I would put that to a popular vote, Jen.

    You might find the rest of the country disagrees.

    June 4, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  15. Stacie

    Nope, seems like business as usual...affairs, racism, lies, etc...

    June 4, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  16. Mr. Moderate

    Sadly Mrs. Sanford, South Carolina is NOT better than this. From the enernal tenure of Strom Thurmond to the current cast of characters, it has been demonstrated otherwise.

    June 4, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  17. Expat American

    People with the mentality of Knotts or Palin are not just found in S. Carolina.

    They can be found anywhere. Because Knotts and Palin’s ‘Real American Patriots’ are found in every dirty sewer in The United States of ‘Amurica’.


    June 4, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  18. Jeff

    Actually Ms. Sanford, your state is not better than this.

    Basically every one of your political scandals are about racists or cheaters.

    June 4, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  19. kimberly

    Um, their is NO excuse for it! I dont agree with the views of the woman, I am a Democrat, BUT this is unexcusable! This is the sort of thing though unfortunatley that the right is known for. There are a lot of racist in that camp, FACT! Most are white christians, and like it that waay. NO room for others!

    June 4, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  20. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Wow – hasn't South Carolina been embarrassed enough already? The drama never ends.

    June 4, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  21. Marie MD

    Okay jenny, your 15 minutes of fame are up. Go back to your kids. We already have enough dumb repug women like the quitter and the blabbermouth from Minnesota as spokespersons.

    June 4, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  22. Deliphus

    I used to live in SC (Myrtle Beach), thankfully no longer. It's a cesspool of a state.

    I wonder when South Carolinians are going to wake up to the fact that for decades the GOP has been in control of their state and for decades they've been one of if not THE poorest and least educated states in the country. Considering the poll numbers, apparently not yet.

    June 4, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
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