September 22nd, 2010
06:17 PM ET
12 years ago

Sheheen and Haley attack in new ads

(CNN) - It's an eye for an eye in South Carolina, where the gubernatorial race is heating up.

Democratic nominee Vincent Sheheen released his second television ad Wednesday, a 31-second spot entitled "Think," which claims his opponent, Nikki Haley, was "handpicked by (former Gov.) Mark Sanford," and accuses her of wanting to "put a tax on our groceries" while being fined for "failing to pay her own taxes." The ad also states that Haley "hid a $40,000 contract that she got because of her connections." The claims in the ad come from people who appear to be voters, rather than Sheheen himself.

Nikki Haley spokesman Rob Godfrey lashed out at Sheheen for launching a "negative ad filled with personal attacks." But the state House member and GOP nominee's campaign did not waste time firing back with a new ad .

The ad accuses, Sheheen, a state Senator, of supporting a "legislative slush fund that wastes…money on his pet projects," and summarizes Sheheen as "a liberal, a Columbia insider, and a trial lawyer." Haley also fails to appear in her own ad, relying instead on an announcer that speaks while cracks erupt in what appears to be a portrait of Sheheen.

Nikki Haley's 32-second spot, "Mirror," closes by asking "Is this what you're looking for in a governor?" while Vincent Sheheen's parting shot states that "Nikki Haley isn't who she says she is."

While Sheheen's ad mentions Nikki Haley by name four times, it does not mention his own once, except for the mandatory "Paid for by Vincent Sheheen for Governor" graphic. Nikki Haley's ad mentions Vincent Sheheen by name twice, but also does not mention her or her candidacy for governor. It also features the obligatory "Paid for by Nikki Haley for Governor" graphic.

Filed under: 2010 • Nikki Haley • South Carolina • Vincent Sheheen
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  1. Old Artillery Man

    Nikki Haley wants to reduce taxes on corporations in South Carolina to zero and to tax what the people of South Carolina buy to eat. She claims to be an accountant but she has not paid her taxes on time for years.
    I am a native of South Carolina and I fully expect the people of my state to again vote against their own best interest and vote for this woman.

    September 22, 2010 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  2. D. Bunker

    What do they put in the water to make people in SC vote against their interests over and over? How has GOPB rule benefited the average resident of SC? It's also pretty funny that "trial lawyer" is considered a smear. I'd rather have a politician who knows and understands the law than the teatard idiots who don't have a clue about the Constitution or the Founding Fathers.

    September 22, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |