June 4th, 2010
02:43 PM ET
12 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. Republicans is smart in the head area

    No it's not, Jenny.

    June 4, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  2. Donnatella

    No it is not, I just came from Myrtle Beach on vacation, you should see some of the literature they were passing out, you would think it's 1958 again. At one point I actually asked myself "what planet are these people living on"

    June 4, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  3. gt

    true ,, but your still better than california , new york , new jersey,michigan and several more...

    June 4, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  4. bigdog52

    As shocked and outraged as one may be after reading this and the other articles around it, is anyone really surprised? Race is the primary reason for some much hate and ignorance in this country, things never change.

    He ( not mentioning his name due to his obvious ignorance) felt comfortable enough to make that comment in public, who knows what he thinks in private.

    June 4, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  5. GI Joe

    Uh, Jenny - it isn't.

    We've seen it for YEARS !!!!! The prejudice, hate, discrimination - the womanizing men and the women with round heels. This did NOT start in the 21st, or 20th century. It's in-bred into the very genes of the people with MONEY.

    June 4, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  6. mike

    I never seen a state that is so racist as I do in this state I see why the
    republicans do well there it just goes to show you can take the hillbilly
    out of the barn but you can't take the barn out of the hillbilly

    June 4, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  7. PalmReader

    I'll one up you, Jenny Sanford:

    Our COUNTRY is better than this.

    June 4, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  8. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Jenny, Jenny just because Nikki's a woman doesn't mean she can't be guilty of the same thing as your husband. Please don't start player hating on men, just stand up for what's right and what's wrong.

    June 4, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  9. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    South Carolinians need revolt against the state government. All of you are nuts. That goes for your husband as well Jenny.

    June 4, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "I will wait to see a Rasmussen poll-–as Rasmussen polls question eligible voters only."

    Let's make something VERY VERY clear. Rasmussen takes its polls and then subjects the raw data to an "adjustment" method that is entirely faulty and biased. For a quite thorough debunking of Rasmussen, in particular, but also other polling entities' methodologies, check fivethirtyeight.com. Most of you idiot conservatives who love Rasmussen for skewing their results to tell you what you want to hear won't be able to understand the math though.

    June 4, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  11. anotherGDlefty

    Sorry Jenny, after your ex-husband spearheaded this type of politics, your state is NOT better than this. Your state is EXACTLY this.

    Before you get all high & mighty, I'm in AZ so I know crackpot politicians when I see 'em.

    June 4, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  12. Mike

    Talk about shooting themselves in the foot. The Republicans are dealing with a man who will go down in history as one of the most inept, incompetent, and impotent presidents we have ever had. His critics used to say, President Regan was only "acting" like a predient." The man who is in their now is acting as well, like a seventh grader in the shcool play. Totally over his head and out his league. The man and his party are on the ropes but the Republicans are so absorbed with power they, like the Democrats, that they will blow it. Instead of being leaders who serve, they are hacks with crave unbridled power.

    June 4, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  13. Ben in Texas

    No, Jenny, your state is "just like this", not "better than this". That's the problem. You live in a state full of racist whackos. I should know, since Texas is not far behind you. We do, however, have a few outposts of sanity, and I'm not sure that SC does.

    June 4, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    Slimy GOP

    June 4, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  15. NVa Native

    Sorry Jeeny, NO it's not.

    June 4, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    "Those jobs Obama refers to are Government jobs, which do nothing to help anyone."

    Right. You know, except for the people working them while the economy continues to recover. And their families. And their mortgage holders. And their car loan holders. And their school loan holders. And their landlords. And their children. And their spouses. And the grocery stores they shop at to feed themselves. Etc. Shoosh yourself.

    June 4, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    "Our state is better than this."

    Really? Could've fooled me. Let's ask Knotts.

    June 4, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  18. Duck Fallas

    Why can't the courageous trollop use her real name?

    June 4, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    "I am more convinced than ever that Nikki Haley is the best person to be South Carolina's next Governor."

    Well, if she keeps thinking that about people, she's bound to get it right one of these times, right? She's a great judge of character. Even broken clocks are correct twice a day.

    June 4, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  20. Pragmatic

    If you list the outrageous statements and behavior from people in SC, past and present ... you do have to wonder.

    The state that fired the first shot of the Civil War has now given us this: Senator Jim DeMint, Rusty DePass, a G.O.P. activist, said that a gorilla that escaped from a zoo was “just one of Michelle’s ancestors.” Add Lovelorn Mark Sanford and Joe Wilson.

    SC bought Rove's lie about McCain's "black baby" and picked Bush!
    You really have to wonder what's in that southern water sometimes.

    June 4, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  21. Chuck

    How Ironic this coming from the ex-wife of the person who started it all. How amusing.

    June 4, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  22. Pete16

    Isn't it amazing that the political foe called president Obama a raghead also and that does not offend these people. I do agree that our state is better than this. It is also better than "you lie" and cheating absentee governors. Maybe it's time to stop looking at the political party a candidate represents and look at the candidate, we might just better our state, god knows we need to.

    June 4, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  23. Bill

    Not to burst your bubble, Jen, but no it isn't. There is something in the water in SC and all your politicians seem to be affected by it.

    June 4, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  24. Suval

    If Jenny Sanford is correct and her State is better than the behavior generated by its leaders then the people better go to the polls now and in Nov and sound off-–loud and clear. It is not just the current candidates who come across as racist and ignorant. It is also some of their U S Congressmen from this State. They have been uncooperative, disrespectful and downright racist in their behavior this past year. The people of their State seem to accept that as perfectly all right. Their Gov. misbehaves morally and the whole State forgives him and tolerates such behavior. It is NOT a STATE with very high standards in many areas. .

    June 4, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  25. JES

    Agree with you 100%.

    June 4, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
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