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. T'sah from Virginia

    I listened to this Town Hall meeting for a "moment" last night and was able to hear one last question presented to her about what she would do "differently" that is not being done new in regards to the economy if she were President – actually there were two questions. The reality though, she NEVER answered either question. She started with talking about her family, kids, and then she rattled on for about 20 minutes, NEVER answering the question!!! I heard NOTHING in the way of policy but just “ragging” against President Obama. It goes to show you that all of the candidates are good at throwing DARTS but none of the DARTS are sticking because there are NO SOLUTIONS on the POINT!!!

    [Bachmann repeated her position, that she would only appoint pro-growth jobs appointees to the labor board.]
    This is the reason why she will NEVER be president – she wants to only appoint far-RIGHT people that would aid her in her far-RIGHT agenda – It will NEVER happen!!!

    August 26, 2011 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  2. West

    Re. The EPA: Once people (and their kids) start to get sick again from polluted air and toxins in their water maybe America will wake up and see what a sham these right-wing radicals are. Maybe. As Pogo said, "We have met the enemy, and he is us."

    August 26, 2011 07:05 am at 7:05 am |
  3. Clwyd

    I think the president should stay out of the matter as well! Moving construction to avoid union membership workers seems to be a profit only plus for Boeing and a loss to workers! Less benefits and more money for the company that already is making billions! Corporations are out of control, just like our military!

    August 26, 2011 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  4. Sandy

    Where Haley's birth certificate?

    August 26, 2011 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  5. Sandy

    I meant "Where is" Haley's birth certificate?

    August 26, 2011 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  6. Bubba

    The Stepford Wives is being remade? This is genius casting. Genuinely disturbing and pushing the limits of surrealism.

    August 26, 2011 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  7. TomNPitt

    I wonder what Haley will say about the EPA after this storm passes through. I wonder if she'll "expect" the Feds to come up with Government funds to help her state recover from "Irenne". I wonder how many people from her state will make out on these Govenment funds re-building neighborhoods, Beach Front Homes and Community facilities. All as she claims Government is bad, bad, bad!!

    August 26, 2011 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  8. gop bites

    bachmann is already supporting unemployment, when i am president the epa is done lights out door closed. IF GOP gets there way there will be no unions in the u.s. welcome to the new 3rd world.

    August 26, 2011 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  9. Debbie

    Does Bachmann 1) Know where SC is? 2) Will she have to ask her husband's permission prior to making any moves on EPA? 3) How in the world did such an un-qualified candidate even run for President of the United States!

    August 26, 2011 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  10. JasonP

    What the heck?? Bring new jobs to SC? What about the people in Washington? How is that a net positive for the country?

    August 26, 2011 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  11. Jack from Illinois

    I've said all along that we ought to build a wall around the entire old Confederacy, allow Cons to immigrate there, and then slam the door and man the machine guns to KEEP them there.

    Better for all of us if those crazies had their own country and left America for the Americans.

    August 26, 2011 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  12. Geoz

    If you like your 5 day week, your paid vacation, your maternity leave, your pay increases... then thank a union. Corporations take all they can in exchange for as little as possible. And, it is the job of management to soft soap that effort to make it look different. It is the job of GOP politicians to get any piece of that money they can, and support the soft soap effort.

    August 26, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  13. Rickster

    "referring to the Environmental Protection Agency, Bachmann said she would "lock the doors and shut off all the lights" if she became president."
    That statement alone should vault Bachmann straight into the White House. There would be no quicker way to jump-start the economy and provide jobs than to eliminate the EPA.

    August 26, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  14. ps

    So, is moving jobs from one state to another really creating jobs? I always knew the rethuglicans didn't understand math, let alone science, but flat out lying about it is another thing.

    August 26, 2011 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  15. Onegood1

    Bachman is great and has more credentials than Obama ever had. Elimination of unions is prerequisite for the U.S to compete globally and insure the future of its middle class. Fiscal sustainability is equally if not more important than environmental sustainability because we have had the cleanest environment in decades, but the worst economy, and worsening economic outlook due to POR legislation (Pelosi Obama Reid = POR).

    August 26, 2011 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  16. Publius Novus

    Okay Michele, let's try the math here. Boeing wants to move 1000 jobs from Washington state to South Carolina. Both Washington state and South Carolina are U.S. states. If Boeing moves those 1000 jobs to SC, SC gains 1000 jobs. But guess what Michele? Washington state loses 1000 jobs. Since both are U.S. states (you can look it up), the net job creation or loss for the U.S. is ZERO. You are campaigning to be president of the whole U.S., not just South Carolina. Bottom line Michele: as president, you really shouldn't get involved in this dispute. Of course, that's what President Obama already said, isn't it?

    And in fact, because Boeing will deduct the cost of building the plant in SC and moving from Washington state to SC (all legit of course), the cost to the U.S. taxpayer will be several hundred million in lost tax revenue.

    August 26, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  17. JAM

    "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."

    I guess it will be back to DDT, companies polluting anything they want, and a lot of very sick citizens! I know who I am voting for and it won't be Bachmann.

    August 26, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  18. Inciteful

    The jobs situation is a spectrum with demanding unions at one end and greedy executives at the other. Corporate executives have all the power. Employees, even union members, have little to none. Workers must understand that most corporate executives have no conscience, morals or ethics and will off-shore jobs in the blink of an eye if they believe it will increase their personal compensation packages. Unless Congress does what it should do and equalize the cost of doing business off-shore with that of doing it in the U.S. - don't hold your breath! - as a nation we are better off moving union jobs to non-union jobs than we are moving them off-shore.

    August 26, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  19. Toughlove

    People (especially on the Left) who rail against someone like Bachmann becoming president should watch their comments. After all, our country elected Obama who has much less leadership experience than her. Maybe it's just because he's a man? Sexist leftists!!!!

    August 26, 2011 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  20. Greenspam

    Why Republicans will lose. Battleground states like Florida have a lot of old people, and old folks won't be voting for someone who cuts their Medicare/Medicaid benefits!

    August 26, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  21. deandake

    chain the doors to the EPA?!?!? Anybody remember Love canal? Kill EPA to what end? Protect polluting corporations to that the public can get sick and die. In my lifetime I have seen the air pollution drop in LA. It is still bad in LA but nothing compared to how bad it was 20 years ago. I guess this idiot doesn't like clean water either. With big oil pushing the next environmental disaster down our throats by way of "oil sands" we need the EPA more than ever. If corporations behaved in a responsible manner they wouldn't need to be regulated. But that has never been the case.

    August 26, 2011 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  22. David in Florida

    Bachmann has said, about the Environmental Protection Agency, that she would "lock the doors and shut off all the lights" if she became president. - Wow, thousands of new unemployed.........that's Bachmann's plan for job creation??!?!?!? Damn good thing she has no way of winning!!

    August 26, 2011 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  23. Lizzy10

    If she wants to shut down the EPA she is even nuttier then I thought she was. Shut down the Dept of Agriculture, stop subsidies for not growing crops. Stop earmarks and endorse term limits. Those are idea's that I would like a candidate to have.

    August 26, 2011 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  24. Geotigg

    Excellent!!! Great Idea!!! LOVE IT!!!

    Let's destroy the governmental body responsible for ensuring we HAVE a country wit drinkable water and breathable air. AWESOME IDEA!!! Lets eviscerate an agency that defends AMERICANS from being subjected to God knows what in the name of profit. COOL!!!! Let's make sure no one is left to ensure corporations must consider the their impact on the ecosystem out EXISTENCE DEPENDS ON.

    No really, think of all the jobs that will be created manufacturing breathable air canisters and water de-toxification filters. What a great way to improve the economy. Then those companies can hold us all hostage, threaten to ration cleanwater and breathable air until they no longer have to pay taxes, or get their pet law passed. Capitalism at it's finest, don't you think??

    Kind of reminds me of a movie Arnold was in ...

    August 26, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  25. Dave

    The reason that Bachmann gets softball questions is because she's not intellectually or mentally up to answering real questions. It's as simple as that. Unfortunately, a great many people in this country function on the same level, so they relate well to her and her simple-minded ideals. The woman is dumb as dirt and Pee-Wee Herman has a better chance of being elected President.

    August 26, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
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