Gov. Haley's Q to Bachmann as 'undecided voter'
August 25th, 2011
11:28 PM ET
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Gov. Haley's Q to Bachmann as 'undecided voter'

Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) – The second question at a Charleston town hall with GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann came from "another undecided voter," who happened to be the state's governor.

Gov. Nikki Haley walked on stage to James Brown's "I feel good," then asked the Minnesota congresswoman to address an issue that has become a hot topic for Republican candidates to rally around when they campaign through the early primary state.

Haley threw her softball to Bachmann.

"Our president decided to allow the NLRB, which he appoints members to, to try and stop what Boeing is doing in South Carolina. It's the most un-American thing I have ever seen," Haley said. "If you were president, knowing that he's saying that he can't do anything because it's an independent agency. If you were president how would you handle the situation?"

The National Labor Relations Board filed a complaint in April when Boeing decided it wanted to move production from its union-represented plant in Washington to a new plant in South Carolina, a right-to-work state where workers have a choice in joining a union.

The debate has pitted Democrats and Republicans against each other in a fiery debate over jobs. Boeing's critics claim the company is punishing workers for going on strike in Washington. Supporters say Boeing will be bringing 1,000 new jobs to South Carolina.

Bachmann repeated her position, that she would only appoint pro-growth jobs appointees to the labor board.

She also put the board on notice.

"If the NLRB would also be continuing their current stance, they may not last very long. Once they see what I do to the EPA they may shape up," Bachmann said, referring to the Environmental Protection Agency, which she said she would "lock the doors and shut off all the lights" if she became president.

Bachmann took the opportunity to compliment Haley's "pro-growth agenda" and preserving South Carolina as a right-to-work state.

"We need to make sure states like South Carolina are rewarded and not punished," she said.

The governor's participation in a town hall series with Bachmann, organized by Freshman Rep. Tim Scott, came up because she happened to be in town for another event.

"The governor was already in Charleston tonight, and Congressman Scott asked her to stop by. She was thrilled to do so," Haley spokesperson Rob Godfrey said.

Haley has not been shy about getting face time with presidential candidates passing through her state. The first-term governor has said she intends to endorse a candidate before the state's primary, which has a 20-year record of selecting the eventual presidential nominee.

Filed under: 2012 • Boeing • Jobs • Michele Bachmann • South Carolina
soundoff (216 Responses)
  1. TEA PARTY Mike

    @The Real Tom Paine

    The EPA regulations that are causing uncertainty and concern are the new ones on utility compaines that take effect soon. They will drive up the cost of energy, especially electricty. I have read many articles where business is concerned about these increased costs. The current uncertainty in the private sector is just how much higer energy costs will go. Eventually they will know. For now they can not measure the cost of expansion if they can not caluculate future energy cost accuratly. In addition the higer costs threaten jobs and it is expected some utility companies will acutally have to shut down. If you research you can find these articles, you might not agree with them but you will find them.
    The problem with the NLRB interference with the Boeing move is that is sends a message to the private sector that Washington may interfer with business plans that it has no right to. Boeing is not moving jobs from WA to SC, it wants to expand and create new jobs in SC. It could also expand and create those jobs in WA. But it is more profitable for Boeing to expand in SC. This kind of interference from the FEDS has a chilling effect on the private sector. And it is possible for a business to save money by moving to another state. It could move from a state that has high business taxes and is not a right to work state to a state that has lower taxes and is a right to work state.
    I did not list them in my previous mail but the US Chamber of Commerce has also stated the the Health Care Reform Act and the Financial Reform bill are both creating a lot of uncertantity because the bills are so large and almost impossible to understand. They are having a hard time measuring the impact. The private sector knows there is the mandate for a business to provide health care insurance or pay a fine, this is a cost increase for any business not already doing so, and there is a tax added to the manufacture of medical divices for any business in that industry. Things like this are known, but there is a lot that the private sector is not yet able to sort out what the imapct will be. This is what the Chamber of Commerce is saying. Go check it out.

    August 26, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  2. 60minman

    A person does not have the "right" to drive an automobile. It is a "privilege" granted by the government. Since Mitt, (& repubs), think that corporations are "people too", it stands to reason that corporations do not have the "right" to even exist in this country. It is indeed a "privilege" that the government grants to a corporation. It is time that all Americans EXPECT American Corporations to benefit both America and Americans. America should tax the hell out of corporations that don't act like this, and provide benefits for those corporations that do. The EPA exists because corporations, (greedy people that run them), think they have the "right" to pollute. America needs to show them EXPLICITLY that they do not.

    August 26, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  3. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    @DJ.....I can somewhat explain to you the liberal way of thinking. Unlike the far right way of thinking, most liberals do NOT just accept what is told to them without wanting facts behinds that assertion, even if the statement may be one that they want to hear or happen to agree with. It's called FACT-CHECKING or research, a bad word to some conservatives. The reason right wing radio is more successful than left wing talk radio for example is liberals normally don't need some angry host to tell them how to think. It's called being open minded.

    and as far as tax cuts leading to the debt the problem is that those who are mainly getting the tax breaks are NOT putting the money back into the economy, such as giving jobs to Americans here and NOT overseas. The present tax cuts have been in effect more than 12 years now, you would think if they worked the economy would be more robust but it is not. However many corporations (you know the PEOPLE Mitt talked about) are making profits and giving their CEOs bonuses due to not having to pay a certain amount of taxes. The profits and tax breaks have not turned into jobs yet thus 9% unemployment. Economics are still offered at major educational institutions..not a bad class to take.

    August 26, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  4. AllOverThePlace

    Where to begin?

    "Tony 140"–Yeah, what they "accomplished" for the Women's Movement was to destroy in a few short years what women DID fight for decades to achieve. I am not talking about just abortion, etither. These Stepford Wives are all about reducing opportunities, jobs, and wages (every one you listed is in favor of scratching the minimum wage). I walked the walk, so don't presume to tell me about the Women's Movement.

    "dan"–Agenda 21? Really? If NIXON had not established the EPA when he did, Kennedy's prediction would have come to past. I lived in Ohio in the early 1970s and we we not allowed outside most of the time due to the toxic air. Our skies were never blue, but an odd shade of yellow most of the time from the cr@p coming out of Cleveland and Toledo.

    "Mike in Wylie"–Hate to tell you this, but most corportations are multi-state or multi-national. At that point, the federal rules supercede state rules (interstate commerce, etc.). Besides that, before Nixon created the EPA, the states did pretend to take care of the issue. They screwed up badly between the bribery and the corruption at the hands of the corporations they were supposed to be watching.

    "Onegood1"–you are wrong if you think unions must be abolished to compete in the world market. Most countries with better economic records also have a strong union presense because they understand a worker needs to make enough money to afford the goods they produce. The only country NOT following that model is China and they use forced/slave/prison labor to make your cheap Walmart goods. Now, considering these bozos are AGAINST unions (as you are), what model would you then assume they favor? Hint, it isn't the former...

    August 26, 2011 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  5. Blackman in America

    SAD.........................this is what she is about..........................VERY SAD and worthless.

    August 26, 2011 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  6. Sarah

    Governor Haley involved in TrooperGate just like Palin.
    AG investigating affair, misconduct allegations involving SCHP interim director
    McDaniel confirmed to WIS that his firm was under contract with another Trooper, Ken Branham, investigating allegations of "infidelity" between his wife and interim director Kenny Lancaster. McDaniel would not comment on the details of his investigation.

    Branham is a Sergeant on the patrol and is married to Shannon Branham, a State Law Enforcement agent. Agent Branham was assigned as head of Governor Nikki Haley's security detail until SLED Chief Mark Keel removed her in July. Keel would not give his specific reasons for removing Branham from the security detail.

    Keel admitted that he received an anonymous letter at his home, detailing the alleged affair between Branham and Lancaster. The letter came about a week before Keel removed Branham. Keel would not say whether SLED investigated the allegations, "I'm not going to comment on a personnel matter," Keel told WIS.

    WIS tried contacting SLED agent Shannon Branham on her cell phone and left messages at the SLED offices for her concerning this story. Those calls were not returned.

    Sources close to the investigation tell WIS that approximately 100 calls were logged between Lancaster and Shannon Branham's cell phones since April 1, 2011. WIS filed Freedom of Information Act requests with SLED and the Highway Patrol for Lancaster and Branham's cell phone records, as well as text messaging records between the pair since April 1, 2011. We've also asked the Highway Patrol for a copy of all complaint letters sent to the Office of Professional Responsibility relating to Lancaster, since Jan. 1, 2011.

    August 26, 2011 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  7. TEA PARTY Mike

    @The Real Tom Paine

    I did some more checking because I could not remember the exact numbers. Boeing has created 2000 new jobs in WA since it made the decison to expand in SC. The expansion in SC adds 1000 new jobs in SC. This expansion could have been made in WA in which case 3000 new jobs would have been created in WA. But even if Boeing was just moving jobs that already existed, it is no business of the Federal Gov. When the government starts to interfer in this manner, it sends a very negative message to the private sector. Whether those jobs are created in SC or WA they represent 1000 new jobs for Americans. The Feds should be happy period and stay out of it.

    August 26, 2011 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  8. Tom

    Why are Republican women so much more attractive than all of the red-eyed, frothing at the mouth, uber, ultra, hard and far, far, far, far, far left, virulent, militant, America-hating, hardline, fundamentalist, extremist, hysterical, leftist feminists in the Democrat party?

    August 26, 2011 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  9. Not fooled

    This is just another way to kill the unions. Republicans are all for that. Moving to South Carolina they would not let the employees be in the union because it is a right to work state. Then they would go back to Washington State and try and do the same there. Union busting plain and simple.

    August 26, 2011 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  10. AllOverThePlace

    Russ from Md

    @Geoz: I don't belong to a union but I still get all the bennifits that a union member gets. I just don't have to pay the thieves that run the union. Unions have out lived there usefullness. It's all gread now.

    You, sir, ar what we still call a "scab".

    Heaven help you if you need the assistance of a union because they do not have to take your case beyond the basics. Also, if these harpies manage to get their way and abolish the protections and labor laws, you won't have any of those benefits in a non-union shop.

    Management has rarely given even the basics without the force of law, so thinking you will still get OT, lunch and rest breaks, holidays off and all the rest without that force is a pipe dream. Keep on smoking, dude.

    August 26, 2011 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  11. oldboldgold

    Corporations will buy their candidates and close the EPA... and kill us and our children with their toxins. Michie soooo loves children she would let corporations feed them poison.

    August 26, 2011 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  12. AllOverThePlace

    @ TEA PARTY Mike– it's called regulating interstate commerce and the Constitution (remember that document?) gives the federal government the power to be all over it. Look it up–Article I, Section 8.

    It's right after the parts giving Congress the right to levy taxes and to borrow money on credit. If your party had a clue about the Constitution, they would shut up because everything they are whining about is covered by said document.

    August 26, 2011 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  13. TEA PARTY Mike

    @The Real Tom Paine

    There is a lot of talk from the business private sector that Obama and the current Democrat leadership is anti business and anti capitalist. Obama and the Democrat leaders have a real credibility issue within the private sector right now. I recall in times past the the economic point of view of the Democrats was more in line with what are these days referred to as Blue Dog Democrats. The progressive views on economic policy seem to be quite different then those held by the Blue Dogs.

    August 26, 2011 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  14. Omni

    CNN got the worse pic they could find of bachmann. When she's on foxnews they cake her with a half a pound of makeup and do that old soapopra blur affect on the footage. I've watched a little of foxnews and I can tell it's scripted. And when someone goes off script they go to commercial. It's horrible, only the people who hated Obama from before the start watch that racist garbage. They don't even try to hide it. And the country music they play going into a break. They've found their little nitch in the market, but they're trying to control the Republican party and they're doing a good job. But fox make up the GOP policies and everybody who has half a brain knows this, so republicans will fail come this next election. Big Time!

    August 27, 2011 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  15. Global Economy

    I guess Boeing could just move all the work offshore so they don't have to deal with this type of crap. Would the last one working please turn out the lights?

    August 27, 2011 04:14 am at 4:14 am |
  16. Jeffrey

    Bachmann - not so much.

    Huntsman is the only one in the GOP that has a message that can win in the general election.

    August 27, 2011 06:08 am at 6:08 am |
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