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. skarphace

    @DJ: you said, "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."

    Do you even realize you just answered your own question? Where does government get the money it 'takes in'? From tax revenues, that is how. Less revenues = less ability to pay your bills = higher debt. Yes, increased spending also means higher debt, but less revenues does as well.

    Therefore, the ONLY way to pay down this debt is decreased spending coupled with increased revenues. Ask any economist and you will get the same answer.

    August 26, 2011 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  2. Scott

    You know why the NLRB is going after Boeing for it's S.C. plant? It's because they freaking put out a memo stating that they were building the new plant in SC BECAUSE of the union strikes. Had the people at Boeing not been total morons and just kept their mouth shut, this case would not exist. BUT, they had to be dumb and take a public stab at their union, so now they are getting screwed for engaging in illegal retribution against the union.

    To make this clear, this is entirely Boeing's fault. By issuing their memo stating the reasons for building in SC, they gave the NLRB their entire case and basically dared them to try to stop them. Morons...

    August 26, 2011 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  3. RobK

    Even though I doubt I would vote for Bachmann, she has more experience than Obama did when he was elected.

    August 26, 2011 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  4. MaxNatoma

    No surprise, but Bachmann sure doesn't care about the average worker.......

    August 26, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  5. TXJim


    "Haley threw her softball to Bachmann."

    Keyword here: SOFTBALL. Because poor wittle Michelle Bachmann doesn't want to play with anything hard (except maybe her husband's hard-on).
    He probably doesn't get hard-ons when looking at women.

    August 26, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  6. SiriusVH

    DJ ... It would seem that you are totally clueless. Let me explain, the budget deficit measures the excess of the government expenditures over its revenues. Taxes are a major part of the government's revenues. You may not like it but that is the way all the goverments in the world function. Taxes are BY DEFINITION part of the government's revenue. I am not debating whether the money the government collects is 'its' money. Only simpletons get stuck at that point. Anyway, for a given level of expenditures, every dollar that the government loses through reduced taxation has to be borrowed and, thus, adds to the Federal debt. Get it?

    Unless you are taking the idiotic position that the government should not spend anything (in other words the government should not even exist), it is hard to see how you can finance government expenditures other than via (1) taxation and/or (2) borrowing.

    People 'wanting a hand out' is a convenient, self-serving ideology-driven claim that you and your ilk like to throw around to justify just about anything you want to do 🙂 It is not deeper nor closer to the truth than the claim made by Rick Scott in Florida that 'a large number of recipients of welfare assitance are on drugs'. Just another piece of self-serving crap.

    August 26, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  7. TXJim

    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.
    Se means red states with tons of evangelical voters...

    August 26, 2011 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  8. Mike in Wylie

    The States should have autonomy over their local environment. So posting dooms day scenarios plays into the talking points that the elite of Washington D.C. knows better about what is good for us than our 'Local' and 'State' representation.

    August 26, 2011 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  9. Romney > Obama

    Yes, almost all of the republican candidates have more experience than Obama when he was elected. Not only that, most have actual private sector experience (the guys that pay the government bills). Obama and his pathetic staff only have 7% of private sector experience–more than 20% less than than the previous low (another democrat).

    August 26, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  10. Denise

    I will never understand the conservative way of thinking. I get so sick of them leaving out pertinent facts on why decisions are made when it comes to liberals or democrats and ALWAYS turn a blind eye to what the GOP does. They live fact-free lives and somehow think this is okay. Conservatives are hypocrits, tend to think they know alot more than they do, and are proud of their ignorance and their arrogance in their ignorance. This is obvious every time you hear one rant on incoherently and talk over other people. They can't be civil, they can't have discussions, and they can't collaborate with their counterparts in congress on anything. They are tantamount to a 2-year old in a constant tantrumed state.

    August 26, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  11. SiriusVH

    @Scott .... That is what I heard as well ... maybe we heard it from the same or similar sources ....

    August 26, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  12. Brian

    Shutting down the EPA and the NLRB? That's not a country worth living in. When business can poison our water, pollute our air, and treat their employees like cattle the conservatives will have their wish. The really pathetic thing is: they call that "freedom"

    August 26, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  13. Lynda/Minnesota

    While my list of beliefs are very much my own, Fair Is Fair. God as my Creator ranks top on that list.

    August 26, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  14. EatRunDive

    How can she be in congress and running for president, and still be so ignorant of the law? Does she really believe that she is running for queen?

    These agencies exist because of laws.

    August 26, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  15. billdawg

    Washington state cost of living vs S.C. Boeing looks to be making a smart business decision

    August 26, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  16. Informed Right Republican

    Comon' guys cut me some slack ~ I am trying to inject some humor here. Don't tell me you are really michelle fans?

    August 26, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  17. beth

    I lived in a "right to work" state. "Right to work" is a trap. The rights are all with the employer, They can fire employees at any time with no reason. Workers have no protections except federal safety laws. Business loves "right to work" because they can get away with unlivable wages and poor conditions.

    August 26, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  18. JoBleaux

    Bachman doesn't have to wait until she's president (That'll be a cold day in Hell), she could just pray away the NLRB, EPA, Labor Unions, Democratic Party, etc. etc. etc.

    August 26, 2011 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  19. mypitts2

    I hope they got the rights to James Brown's song. I doubt the late JB would support right-wingers, and I'd be surprised if his estate granted permission. This has blown up in Republicans' faces before.

    August 26, 2011 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  20. JoBleaux

    Bachman doesn't have to wait until she's president (Lotsa luck with that), she could just pray away the NLRB, EPA, Labor Unions, Democratic Party, etc. etc. etc.

    August 26, 2011 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  21. JoBleaux

    Bachman doesn't have to wait until she's president, she could just pray away the NLRB, EPA, Labor Unions, Democratic Party, etc.

    August 26, 2011 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  22. Fair is Fair

    @ Lynda – as is mine. So glad to hear.

    August 26, 2011 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  23. Andrew

    If your a sensible Republican with some reasonable ideas, is prove American, want this country to grow .. don't you dare elect
    Perry, Palin or Bachmann as your presidential candidate. You should do some real digging into these people's backgrounds and supporters. Please look up the NAR group. Scariest Group of religious crazies in the United States. They want to convert everyone to their ways .. it's just insane. You've been informed.

    August 26, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  24. skarphace

    @Romney > Obama: you said, "Obama and his pathetic staff only have 7% of private sector experience."

    Well, according to Fact Check, "It turns out this is the case of a bad political myth being recycled."

    You can read the entire report at Fact Check (CNN won't let me post the link). Do earch for Steve Southerland. It should be the first link on the results page.

    August 26, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  25. logikflux

    Did she know she wasn't in East Carolina?

    August 26, 2011 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
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