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. Mike

    This woman scares me to death... more than Palin... no, wait: It's a tie.

    August 26, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  2. Whywhy

    Onegood1... people that thinks like you... will take this country backwards and down the drain.

    August 26, 2011 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  3. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    First of all Ms. Haley needs to understand it's not unAmerican for workers to strike, but what is unAmerican is for anyone to deny workers to strike. Bachmann should have told Ms. Haley that before she responded and Ms. Haley has no right to declare Americans that don't look like her to be unAmerican.

    August 26, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  4. Dynan3

    Shut off the lights and lock the doors of the EPA? I used to work for oil drilling, servicing and production companies. When the EPA shuts down, I hope you don't mind the taste of chromium, lead and other tasty toxins in your food and water.

    August 26, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  5. gar

    These America-hating reactionaries are sickening. When Hurricane Irene destroys South Caroina, don't come looking to the federal government for a handout. Follow the "Republican" ideal and take care of yourself.

    August 26, 2011 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  6. ED FL

    Tweetle Dee,Tweetle Dum,A couple of overrated females that are in over their head.They could not even make water run down hill.They fit right in with the current group of GOP politicians male and female that have trouble telling time. The quality and integrity of todays GOP contenders is unbeilievable. How on earth this country has lowered its standards to this current group shows how far the standards of this country have fallen.

    August 26, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  7. huxley

    Bachmann is in the Koch brothers' pocket. Koch owns most of the coal production in the United States. So, guess why she's against the EPA? Its not cause she likes clear skies and clean water.

    August 26, 2011 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  8. BTW

    To all those saying Boeing is "moving" 1000 jobs: this statement is incorrect. The work being placed in SC is NEW work, not a MOVEMENT of work. Boeing is placing hiring in Washington as well, but this they are not putting all of their eggs in one basket...and I don't blame them. I support the ideal of unions but I feel that a lot of times the union takes a very short term view of the situation and can end up hurting their members instead of helping them in the long run. The union and the company should work together towards a common goal, everyone should want to see the company grow and be prosperous.

    August 26, 2011 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  9. jimanonymous

    People forget that it was Nixon – a republican – that started the EPA.. so calling it a liberal machine bent on the economic death, and shredding of the constitution is more than a little ridiculous. What happened to reasonable republicans?

    August 26, 2011 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  10. jimanonymous

    And yes in this case Nixon looks reasonable compared to this woman.. that is no typo..

    August 26, 2011 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  11. JT

    Bachmann stayed over at the Governor's mansion a few weeks ago. The only thing undecided is which one (bachmann or palin) she's hoping will ask her for the VP nod.

    August 26, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  12. Skogie

    This woman makes me feel ashamed to be a woman from Minnesota. Crawl back under your rock, Bachman.

    August 26, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  13. jimanonymous

    Of the 12 directors in the EPA's history 9 have been appointed by republican presidents..

    August 26, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  14. patcee

    Term limits would do nothing but keep people from electing who they want to represent them. It takes one term for a representative to even learn his/her way around in Washington and to become experienced enough to do the job. If they didn't get elected by the people they wouldn't be there and if voters like them and want to elect them for 20 years, it should be their right. Stop trying to limit Americans from choosing the representatives they want.

    August 26, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  15. Outdoor Girl

    Sad to say, but many of the high-profile Republican women embarrass me. Palin, Bachmann, and now Haley, love to bask in the media limelight and say outrageously foolish things. They embarrass all women of substance and intelligence. Women have spent the past century working twice as hard for half the respect and then these media-hounds come along to drop us all back by 10 steps. They don't support members of their own gender and they don't represent them. I'd hate for people to think that these women in any way represented me and my values.

    August 26, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  16. JG

    I have this "thing" for clean water and air. I really like being able to breathe fresh air and drink clean water. Shuttering the EPA would result in a free-for-all for corporations. We'd have Love Canals and Times Beach issues rampant across the country. This is just another "talking point" pandering to the economic illiterates in the Tea Party.

    August 26, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  17. DJ

    I will never understand the liberal way of thinking. Someone explain to me how a Tax Cut increases the national debt. The only way the national debt gets raised is if we spend more money than we take in. Its that simple. Letting people keep their own money is not adding to the debt. Stop the spending at let people keep the money they earn. I love when a liberal spews the line "The Bush tax cuts weren't paid for" Of course they weren't paid for because the money was never the Governments in the first place. Im so sick of all the people in this country who want a hand out. If you have to work at Mcdonalds to get by so be it. At least thats an honorable way of making ends meet. This country is going down if the moocher's don't get kicked to the curb.

    August 26, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  18. Go away Bachmann, and take Palin, O'Donnell and Haley with You

    The most terrifying thing that comes to mind after reading this article is that some Americans actually look at Michele Bachmann as a viable Presidential Candidate. Seriously. Get with it. It's bad enough there were enough of you to vote her into the House. Let's end this while we're still ahead.

    August 26, 2011 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  19. the witch

    Shut down thw EPA? Huckabee is circulating robo-calls saying he wants to de-fund the U.N......what kind of country do they want? I can think of NO INTELLIGENT COUNTRY that is trying to do what they want to do!!!!

    August 26, 2011 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  20. Dean

    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.

    As usual CNN can't get facts right. Boeing wants to start a second plant for building the Dreamliner in South Carolina. It will continue to use the plant in Washington to build the majority of thr Dreamliners. In fact Boeing has added over 2000 employees to the Washington dreamliner facility. The move to South Carolina will not result in any current jobs in Washington being lost or moved.
    It is a smart move. The cost of living in Seattle has made it difficult for the middle class to live. A $700,000.00 house in Seattle can be had for about $250,000.00 in South carolina.

    August 26, 2011 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  21. Fair is Fair

    "I will never understand the liberal way of thinking."
    Count your blessings.

    August 26, 2011 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  22. skarphace

    Bachmann: wrong for workers, wrong for the environment. Wrong for America.

    August 26, 2011 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  23. Lynda/Minnesota

    "When the EPA shuts down, I hope you don't mind the taste of chromium, lead and other tasty toxins in your food and water."

    TASTE the toxins? Come to Minnesota, and I'll be happy to produce as many deformed frogs and lizards as you care to see. Even I, with my limited knowledge of global warming, know these creatures aren't reproducing the same characteristics as God had originally entended.

    August 26, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  24. Fair is Fair

    "I, with my limited knowledge of global warming, know these creatures aren't reproducing the same characteristics as God had originally entended."
    Don't you mean Darwin?

    August 26, 2011 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  25. Bill in Florida

    Bachmann's anti-EPA stance is one of hundreds of reasons why she will never become President - unless Romney or Perry appoint her as VP and then die unexpectedly.

    August 26, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
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