Gov. Haley receives GOP hopefuls
August 18th, 2011
02:56 PM ET
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Gov. Haley receives GOP hopefuls

Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) – South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said she is not ready to endorse a Republican presidential candidate, but that doesn't mean she's not willing to meet with them and talk to them on the phone occasionally.

Herman Cain, who is holding a campaign event in nearby Lexington later Thursday, tweeted a photo from his meeting with South Carolina's governor .

"I just got out of a meeting with SC Gov @NikkiHaley. She said it was very productive, and I happen to agree!" was the tweet from Cain's handle @THEHermanCain.

The 140-characters-or-less Twitter limit did not leave room for the Godfather's Pizza CEO to elaborate, but he's not the only presidential candidate to mention any interaction with the governor of a critical early primary state.

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, a darling of the tea party movement like the governor, met with Haley and her family during a campaign visit to the state in July.

On Tuesday, Bachmann told members of the press in Spartanburg, and later voters at a town hall in Greenville, that she "barely got off the plane and my phone rang. It was your wonderful Governor Nikki Haley calling me."

Texas Gov. Rick Perry met with Haley last weekend at the RedState Gathering in Charleston before he announced his run for the White House.

Even though the South Carolina governor said she is remaining neutral until she meets the candidates and they campaign throughout her state, that didn't keep her from calling Perry a "superstar" in her remarks at the conservative gathering following their meeting.

Filed under: 2012 • GOP • Herman Cain • Nikki Haley
soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. The Other Michael in Houston

    That's okay, all of them can meet with Hikki all they want, South Carolina is going tio President Obama......again.

    August 18, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  2. diridi

    3rd world junk...

    August 18, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |

    Wingnuts called Haley a raghead during her run. Cain is the wrong color too.

    August 18, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  4. Shirley In California

    FACTS: South Carolina did not vote for Obama and guess what HE'S PRESIDENT. Enough said.

    August 18, 2011 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  5. GI Joe

    I want to see her long form birth certificate, AND her parents' immigration papers..

    She sure bought into the redneck hype down thar in that redneck state, didn't she?

    August 18, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  6. GI Joe

    Look at those Horse Teeth – LOL

    August 18, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  7. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    It's about to get real ugly for Perry, his life personal life is just being exposed just like the former Governor of S.C. Sanford. It's getting real ugly people.

    August 18, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  8. In order for 15 MILLION to find a job, only ONE must LOSE his.... Fire Obama in 2012

    Makes no sense to endorse anybody this early in the process. Smart move.

    August 18, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  9. DiscipleofElijah

    Does anyone really care who Nikki Haley endorses?

    James Louis Petigu a civil war Legislator pegged the State of South Carolina correctly in his famous statement, i.e. "South Carolina is too small for a republic, and too large to be an insane asylum."

    August 18, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  10. Time to end GOPorate Greed

    Just that we haven't heard any nasty or crazy comments from Gov Haley gives me hope that not all Repubs are insane, and I do mean HOPE.

    August 18, 2011 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  11. thomas

    She's shooting for a VP spot !

    August 18, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  12. John

    They are none of them that are worth a Crap. But I'M sure she will find one Because she back by the Tea Party. And she just another nut cases.

    August 18, 2011 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    The history of SC politics would make for a best selling book. It has everything that makes for a best seller. Mystery and intrigue. Love and sex. Lies and deceptions. And all of this has even reoccured since Obama took the oath of office.

    August 18, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    Yawn. SC is probably the craziest state in the nation...that makes Haley its Nurse Ratchet.

    August 18, 2011 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  15. Clwyd

    It is called a gathering of the Doe Doe birds!

    August 18, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  16. MTATL67

    I am an independent but I have got to say I like this Governors style. She told Old Newt what’s for. I was doing some research on her. Her big controversies seem to be the confederate flag and appointing someone to a position. If that all that are governor is involved in South Carolina you are better off than most of us in other states. I am a person of color and all I got to say is that is part of our nation’s history. I pisses me of when people try to rewrite our history it is not. Darn it, our history is what makes us who we are and shows how far we have come. When you see the union jack you should think wow look how far we have come. As far as the appointment who give a damn as long as she is not appointing family and friends left and right. The other little stuff about her really was not worth the paper it was written on (so to speak)

    August 18, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  17. sosofresh

    Wow... the name "Nikki" really exudes professionalism. Is she a governor or a lead vocalist in an '80's hair band? Nice teeth too, No-Lips McCrosseyes.

    August 18, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  18. Russ

    With all the scandals around Hayley she'll be lucky to be around long enough to endorse anyone for GOP candidate. She makes Sandford look good at this point.

    August 18, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  19. NC

    While the Governor of S.C. is meeting with Perry, Bachman and others she should be helping the people of SC. I live on the border of SC. In our newspaper today and on the the tv news a 51 year old woman and her 7 year old grandson in York Co., S.C. were found living in a tent in the woods. They are homeless, check out The Charlotte Observer for the story. We get their homeless, unemployed abd unisured people in our state all the time. Shame on you Governer Hailey for turning your back on the poor in S.C., while you hobnob with superstars.

    August 18, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  20. Larry L

    Being Governor of South Carolina hardly qualifies a person to "hold court". Republican governors of the red states tend to take turns trying to prove they're the biggest right-wing moron. The Governor of my home state of Texas comes to mind... He's like "W", but not as smart, even more of a Bible-thumper, and just a little too homophobic. The three "Gs" – guns, gays and goodbers...

    August 18, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |