Gov. Haley's Q to Bachmann as 'undecided voter'
August 25th, 2011
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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. ted

    GOP hypocrisy on display

    August 26, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  2. the witch

    ....but who is stupid enough to WANT to live in S.C. ?????

    August 26, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  3. Stop the lying

    Michelle Bachmann should stop lying now! And everyone who hears her lies should demand she stop. We are kneecapped as a country because individuals on both sides of the Republican-Democrat debate seem to think that lying is perfectly acceptable, as long as it furthers their agenda. Sarah Palin, Michael Moore, Rush Limbaugh and Al Franken, Ann Coulter and on and on need to stop their lies!

    August 26, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  4. Jim in San Mateo

    This is a simple case of the blind endorsing the blind.

    August 26, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  5. The Poor > The Rich

    Unchecked (deregulated & under-taxed) capitalism is what brought this country to the state its in now, what state will the country be in in 10 years if we eliminate the EPA, Unions and oh yes – The Dept. of Education? A feudal 3rd world plutocracy...

    What will this nation be like in 30 years? The USSA – A communist/worker run state! Because guess what GOP, those T-Party fools who think you're doing right by them will rise back up and go to the other extreme when they get angry and poor and stupid enough!

    The votes we cast in November 2012 will have a profound impact on the next generation and the future of this once-great nation, more so perhaps than any other time in history. Don't BLOW IT America!

    Stay Blue – Remember the old expression: Better Dead than RED!

    August 26, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  6. Kevin

    This election season, will make all others in our history, pale in comparison. I have to wonder seriously, what the heck is going on in this country that any of the current crop of candidates, can even be considered to be a serious contender for the office of the most powerful person in the world. It would be funny, if it wasn't so scary. And sad.

    August 26, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  7. FajitaBob

    All states should be right to work states. Forcing one to "join" any organization is fascism.

    August 26, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  8. Indy

    It is very clear that Bush did a double whammy that created the mess that exists today, by giving the wealthy a huge tax break thereby decreasing revenues at the same time as extreme overspending on two wars that he had no way to pay for. It is one of the if not the worst financial mistake ever made in US history and that is what Obama and most of the country are having to deal with, and it will never be fixed unless the taxes for the wealthy go back to normal. The tax break was supposed to be a short term gift that created employment but 10 years of failure has yet to catch on with Republicans. It is great you posted this because many people do not fully understand and at least you are asking for answers, good on you !

    August 26, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  9. Andrew

    She'll lock the doors on the EPA? Right, guess when you're as shortsighted as she is, who needs the environment?

    Fish gotta swim and birds gotta fly, but they don't last long if they dry. Pollution pollution, you can use the latest toothpaste... and then rinse your mouth with industrial waste. Glad under a Bachmann presidency, things wouldn't get back to those good ol' 1950s levels of death.

    August 26, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  10. Andrew

    She'll lock the doors on the EPA? Right, guess when you're as shortsighted as she is, who needs the environment?

    Fish gotta swim and birds gotta fly, but they don't last long if they dry. Pollution pollution, you can use the latest toothpaste... and then rinse your mouth with industrial waste.

    Glad under a Bachmann presidency, things wouldn't get back to those good old fashion 1950s levels of death.

    August 26, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  11. Mike

    Maybe she should try to pray away the EPA.

    August 26, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  12. Indy

    One more point from your post, George W Bush was the biggest moocher of all, he mooched money off of China so that he could give the wealthy a gift of lower taxes and thought mooching off the middle class would be enough to pay back all the mooching he did and he was DEAD WRONG.

    August 26, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  13. John

    Here is a better idea. Lets send Palin, Bachmann and Perry to the Carolina coast for the next two days to make sure President Obama isn't lying about the hurricane

    August 26, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  14. gaucho402

    Its like listening to two idiots having a conversation.

    August 26, 2011 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  15. What A Joke!

    So the EPA employs 18,000 people and she will turn off the lights. Boeing will hire 1,000. Sooooooo, adding 17,000 to the unemployment list is a good swap? Can someone explain where Bachman gets her ideas from? Does she really think we are all this stupid?

    August 26, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  16. Jeff

    I wish Haliey would run for President

    August 26, 2011 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  17. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Nicely put Lynda, on both posts ;)!

    August 26, 2011 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  18. TEA PARTY Mike

    I do not agree with Bachmann's statement to get rid of the EPA.
    But clearly those currently running the EPA need to be replaced.
    Both what the EPA and the NLRB are doing are two of far too many examples of regulations under Obama that are having a chilling effect on business.
    All you have to do is read financial and business publications, listen to what small business owners and corporate CEOs are saying and listen to what the US Chamber of Commerce is saying to know that business has been overwhelmed with new job killing regulations since Obama took office.
    New EPA regulations that will drive up the cost of energy will go into effect in a few weeks. The business community has been very concerned about this for some time and it is expected to kill jobs.
    The NLRB's interference in Boeing's freedom to choose what state they want to expand and create jobs in has unnerved the private sector and had a chilling effect on business expansion.
    All of this and more has shell shocked the private sector and put them in a bunker mentality. They don't know what will hit them next and are not even sure how to fully measure the damage already done.
    The private sector has been telling Obama this for a long time now, but he is simply not listening. The Obama administration did announce a couple of days ago that it had identified a number of regulations that it would get rid of. The Chamber of Commerce responded that while it was a step in the right direction, it was too small a step and that while the changes were welcomed, they would have little impact. I think Obama has the best intentions, but he just does not get it.

    August 26, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  19. burning river

    Get Rid of the EPA! Cool, I has been a long time since Cleveland has seen a river catch on fire. That will make a great you tube video!

    August 26, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  20. Anomic Office Drone

    I'm sick of her touting business experience. It's not like she was the CEO of a Fortune 500 company. She worked at her husband's pray-the-gay-away clinic.

    August 26, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  21. The Other Michael in Houston

    @ Slight Left of Center, do not waste your energy trying to explain logic to these mouth breathers. You so called conservatives love to live in your own delusional world and never let things like FACTS get in a good way of a nice conjured up falacy. Nice of you Michelle Bacmann to want to get rid of the EPA. We know she has no chance of being nothing but a visitor in the White House. I do hope she somehow finds a way to win the GOP nomination or even is chosen as VP so we can do the same as we did in 2008, vote the GOP out of government

    August 26, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  22. Counting Wizard

    Its amazing what politicians name their legislation and policies: "Right to work"? More like "Right to fire". There is nothing beneficial about losing collective bargaining, even if you save on union dues in the short term.

    August 26, 2011 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  23. burning tap water

    Oh, I forgot we already have burning tap water from fracking and the EPA already can't do anything about that.

    I think the EPA has already been shut down and is a regulatory agency in name only (RAINO).

    August 26, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  24. Greg

    Is it possible this woman is crazier than Sarah Palin? I mean, really, 'close all the doors and shut off the lights' of the EPA. This, my friends, should scare the hell out of you. And if it doesn't, you haven't been paying attention.

    August 26, 2011 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  25. Mark B.

    This is the future America. Less regulation, minimal government intrusion, union busting. They have absolutely destroyed the manufacturing aspect of our economy and pollute and undermine our government. You will either need to accept this or we will be destitute in 20 years. What say you?

    August 26, 2011 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
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