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. Tulsa

    You are comparing MB to BO?
    Oh boy. That's a stretch. I know where Bachmann went to school and it ain't Harvard. She's been on the government dole her whole adult life. The President and the First Lady made their money the old fashioned way. THEY EARNED IT. They were not taking $ for farm subsidies, Foster care subsidies, worked for the IRS (BTW, her co-workers didn't think much of her) then started a charter school, signed a contract to not include religion (that pesky separation thingy again) she was forced to resign shortly after due to the religious content of the curriculum. Then the State house, the the House. See, no real work experience and every penny from the government. That she claimes to hate.

    August 26, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  2. Shane Botwin

    Shocking! A Republican against the EPA? Corporate profits come first – cancer rates be damned.

    August 26, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  3. REG in AZ

    All of the front runners in the GOP, without exception, are long on rhetoric and short on substance. I think that is because they have to stay focused on consistency and loyalty to their major supporters interests, to Special Interests and the influential, powerful and extremely wealthy few, and just hope that they with their backers extensive support will be able to con the people and manipulate public opinion. Not much hope, as their past performance proves, of their addressing let alone solving the problems as the interests of the few that they are concerned with, don't have much in common with the majority. That is why the majority, especially the total middle class, continually looses ground under their direction and they depend on subterfuge to dupe and sway the people.

    August 26, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |

    Isn't she behind Ron Paul? Shouldn't we be talking about him?

    Who really cares about Michelle Bachman

    August 26, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  5. Ohioan

    Michelle Bachmann's new campaign slogan: The Cuyahoga River Will Burn Again!

    August 26, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  6. Tony 140

    Two, strong, independent, principled and accomplished Conservative women. Two of many that are working to restore our country. I consider this one of the strongest movements in our country today and one of the most uplifting. All women should compare what today's Conservative women have accomplished in such a short period of time to what the Progressive/Liberal women's movement accomplished over decades. There is so much more to women's rights than just abortion. Keep going Nikki, Michelle, Sarah and many others.

    August 26, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  7. AC

    Bachmann, don't worry about it, you will not be President.

    August 26, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  8. Rick

    Less Bachmann and more Palin.. at least Palin was funny without the "hellfire and damnation" scariness

    August 26, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  9. John Love

    Look, I would not vote for Bachmann under any circumstances. But look, and I am talking to CNN right now. First you jump on the bandwagon and show Bachmann with the wide eyed and scary look, now you have her pictured squinting into the sun with a grimace on her face. This is also part of the news being reported and makes you look like a spoiled brat fighting for the last shovel in the sandbox. If you want me to take you seriously, report the news fairly, including the pictures you choose. At best they should be neutral, and the same for every candidate, or get the hell out of the business if you can't get it right. You were my favorite news provider because you reported news, not the reality show all news is today.

    August 26, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  10. Jerry

    Right on Ms. Haley! Don't be intimidated by the anti-growth unions or by our pro-union President )NObama). Continue your trend towards pro-growth and by any means, do not ever allow the unions to interfere.

    I am life-long Democrat, but I admire all that you are already doing to help your state.


    August 26, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  11. HockeyMinny

    Just incase someone asks... here are this weekend's celeb birthdays:
    Alexa Vega will be 23 Sarah Chalke will be 34
    Paul Reubens will be 59 Barbara Bach will be 64
    Tuesday Weld will be 68 Tom Ford will be 50
    Aaron Paul will be 32 Harrison Page will be 70
    Ronreaco Lee will be 35 Chandra Wilson will be 42

    August 26, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  12. Dee

    What is it with these Tea Party Rep's and the people who support them? They cloak themselves in righteousness and claim to be Christians, yet their behavior is anything but spiritual. They support destroying our land, air and water by doing away with the EPA. They are adament about cutting government spending even if it means schools have less money, no lunch program for poor children and hanging our elderly out to dry. It boggles my mind that these people and their supporters profess to be Christians, nothing Christian about their agenda!

    August 26, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  13. Kstts

    I think our conservatives are becoming worse that the Islamic conservatives they hate so much. People, please start skipping church and instead go to school! You will quickly realize how much your religion hinders your intelligence.

    August 26, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  14. dowdotica

    where is billy? He needs to wish these nut jobs into the corn field. Wouldn't be so bad if they had at least one women that could remotely compare to Hillary. This is scary stuff!!

    August 26, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  15. LStretch

    Go Michelle!!!! Paul/Bachmann 2012

    August 26, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  16. maine liberal

    I love these "questions" in the form of an Answer.

    August 26, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  17. the j man

    like Truman said when he failed to stop Taft-Hartley, "right to work" laws are unconstitutional restrictions of First Amendment right of assembly. how about Democratic leaders go back to his position and really defend Washington workers? btw, Boeing, are you sure you want to move to SC? your planes will go down in quality.

    August 26, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  18. Ray

    Bachmann is an idiot and a dangerous extremist. Instead of tyring to "cure" gay people, she should try to cure herself and get her head examined. THIS is the best the GOP has to offer??? pretty PATHETIC!

    August 26, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  19. Jonathan

    Closing the EPA would be devastating to the future of our planet. It would give even more control to the morally bankrupt oil, logging, and natural resource industries to do whatever they want regardless of how it affects the Earth and all life on it.

    I am sick of twisted nutjobs like Bachmann pointing their corrupt fingers at the EPA just because she can't drill for oil wherever she wants and receive kickbacks from her industry "buddies." She said gas will go down to $2/gallon just by voting her in? This clearly says that she is out of her mind and has no idea how gas prices are set. GO AWAY, YOU EVIL WOMAN! You are the single worst Presidential candidate in America's history! If Americans vote you in, I will have lost all hope for this country.

    August 26, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  20. Ray

    I think just driving through South Carolina would result in an IQ drop.

    August 26, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  21. vatoloke

    It's a shootout between Rick Wrinkles and Twit Bachmann to see who comes up with the most stupid responses. Mittens is a close third place in that one but quickly catching up.

    August 26, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  22. Tim

    CNN regularly asks much tougher questions of Obama, such as how is Sasha feeling today.

    August 26, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  23. Tim

    You can't hide the post button from me

    August 26, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  24. logicoutthedoor

    The National relations labor board was only doing their job. Now getting gas under $2 a gallon that would be socialism...hmmm

    August 26, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  25. Stan

    Many worker safeguards and benefits enjoyed by the private sector were implemented because unions had them first and these companies didn't want to look bad. Take union rights away and we might as well bring back the Nike jobs from overseas. That would create jobs here wouldn't it? Of course we would have to lower the price of gas so we poorly paid workers can get to work. How about $2.00 per gallon?

    August 26, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
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