June 11th, 2010
03:22 PM ET
13 years ago

Bauer endorses Barrett in S.C. runoff

(CNN) - South Carolina Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer, who finished fourth among four candidates in Tuesday's gubernatorial Republican primary, announced his endorsement Friday of Rep. Gresham Barrett, the second place finisher.

"I hope the media and the voters take these next two weeks to really look at the candidates: their real records – not just their rhetoric," Bauer said in a statement. "When they do, they will find Gresham Barrett has been a committed conservative soldier in the movement against big government long before it was politically advantageous and that Representative Haley has been misrepresenting her conservative credentials."

Barrett finished more than 25 points behind state Rep. Nikki Haley, who nearly avoided a runoff by receiving about 49 percent of the votes. South Carolina Republicans will return to the polls on June 22 to select their nominee.

Barrett's campaign also on Friday launched its second ad since the runoff campaign began.

The ad, a 30-second spot titled "Runoff," will air statewide. It features Barrett walking alongside a drill sergeant–as he did in his first ad–and accepting praise from the military man.

"You're honest. Conservative. Steady. Not going to take any of their shady political attacks," the sergeant says.

"That's right," Barrett responds.

"You'll cap spending. Create jobs. Junk the tax code. And make South Carolina proud again," the sergeant continues.

"Absolutely," Barrett says.

–CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby contributed to this report

Filed under: 2010 • Andre Bauer • Gresham Barrett • South Carolina
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Annie, Atlanta

    Bauer compared the poor to stray animals, saying don't feed them and they won't breed. Do we really give a darn who this disgrace of a human being is endorsing? Um, just in case you don't know, CNN, the answer is a resounding no.

    June 11, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  2. Ken in NC

    Well now that all the "Good Ole Boys" have lost out in SC except one, the rest of them are going to put their white sheets behind Barrett.

    SC never fails to amaze me with it level of stupidity. I got friends here that are red necks and I think more of them than I do the fools inSC. They are ganging up on Niki Haley simply because she is not "One Of Them".

    June 11, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  3. Riley

    It;s obvious that the voters favor Nikki Haley. So, the endorsement by the guy who finished fourth is a nonissue!!!

    June 11, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  4. miller

    This is a dog-bites-man story......zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    June 11, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  5. barbara

    I will vote for Nikki again.

    June 11, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  6. REG in AZ

    You want to fault the Democrats? Fine I will join you as they are really far from pure and holy and anyone who has read my posts should realize I have no blind bias toward them. As long as you are honest and hold the Republicans to the same measure and then recognize who has literally failed and will fail to represent the people, who has been grossly dishonest and has literally cost us the most, then I have no problem with it. It would be nice to have a strong third party that sincerely represented the majority, or even two parties that cooperated and through bipartisanship fine tuned and adjusted everything, that is what we are suppose to have, but we don’t have anything like that. My only point is that with what we actually have as our only real choices, for the best interests of the people, the Democrats just work out to be the current best choice (not perfect by any stretch of imagination).

    The Republicans cry and whine about everything, even use clichés about the ‘constitution’, and act arrogant and bold but when all is said and done the Republicans literally have no answers, no solutions … absolutely nada … nothing. Oh they infer a lot by faulting everything as if they have a direction but there is nothing real, only to return to ‘more of the same’ that got us the problems. Obama didn’t cause the problems, he inherited them and his actions, while they are necessarily taking time, they are more honest, responsible and conscientious then anything we ever saw from Bush-Cheney or the Republicans. The Republicans have literally put their political ambitions above all else and fault and obstruct all efforts, hoping to discredit Obama, and they irresponsibly refuse to participate in bipartisan cooperation to fine tune and adjust anything. They are even continuing to perform as ‘puppets’ for oil companies and recently sought to repeal an environmental bill Obama signed. If they are successful with all of their constant barrage of subterfuge, as seen from the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, the politicians, others and even here from bloggers, and do ultimately deceive and manipulate the voters, we can then just expect to once again experience the catastrophe of ‘more of the same’. Simply stated, if we are susceptible to their BS then we will just have more of it.

    June 11, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  7. Lynda/Minnesota

    Glad to see the GOPer endorsements for each other haven't stopped any of them from heading to LA to help Jindal clean up the *unregulated* oil spill gushing into the gulf.

    Including, of coarse, all the GOP presidential hopefuls each lining up against one other for their 2012 presidential nomination bid. You know them: Palin, Romney, Huckabee, Pawlenty, Gingrich, and Barbour.

    Their own lack of leadership certainly hasn't stopped them from complaining about Obama, though, has it?

    June 11, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |