April 5th, 2012
04:34 PM ET
10 years ago

Haley on Romney's 'golden bullet'

Washington (CNN) – South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said Thursday the leading Republican presidential candidate was carrying a "golden bullet" to connect with women voters.

Speaking on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer," the Palmetto State Republican said Mitt Romney's wife Ann, along with the candidate himself, would need to answer women with concerns about his platform. Polls released in the past week show Romney trailing President Barack Obama by a large margin among female voters.

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"If Gov. Romney has not related to women, he needs to get out there and talk about the issues they care about," Haley said. "They care about jobs and the economy, and raising their families and all of those things. But they are obviously not relating to him as much as we want them to. That means he has to work harder, he needs to continue to do that, and he needs to bring that one golden bullet he's got, which is Ann Romney."

Haley said Ann Romney's history with battling illness helps her connect with voters.

"When they see how strong she is, the fact that she is an M.S. survivor, a cancer survivor, a great mom, a great wife, strong supporter, and hear her talk about him, I think he'll do a lot better," Haley said.

His wife aside, Mitt Romney will need to answer pressing questions from women on issues ranging from contraception to the economy.

"I think they need the ability to ask him those questions, and I think he needs to look them in the eye and give them the answers," Haley said. "Because that's what this is about. You don't go talk to people who you already have support. You talk to the people that still have questions. If women are questioning him, they have to ask him those questions."

In the CNN interview, Haley reiterated she wouldn't accept a spot on a GOP presidential ticket or as a cabinet official, a position she has staked out repeatedly in interviews this week. Haley said Thursday she wanted to "finish what she started" by serving her term as South Carolina governor.

Haley also detailed experiences, spelled out in her book "Can't Is Not an Option," about her childhood in a small South Carolina town.

"My father had a turban, my mother wore a sari. I was born in that town, and we lived in this small southern town, where they didn't understand us, and we didn't know how to fit in with them," Haley said, laying out how she was disqualified from a beauty pageant because judges didn't know whether to place her in the category for black girls or white girls.

Despite the challenges, Haley said in 2012 her small town in South Carolina had come a long way since her upbringing in the nineteen-seventies.

"What I hope people understand is that town took us in, allowed me to be part of girl scouts, supported my brother when he was deployed to Desert Storm. And that same town now has a sign that says 'Proud home of Nikki Haley,'" the governor said.

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soundoff (144 Responses)
  1. kayla

    silver bullett lol

    April 5, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  2. dentalflstyc

    And his wife is very disappointed, as she thought she was the only one to see his golden bullet

    April 5, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  3. Myviewis

    @No Way I'll Vote for Romney – The economy is not good and try going to Walterboro, SC where they will run you out of town if you try to change their way of life. Those people would rather not have electricity in their homes and no indoor plumbing if they are required to pay for it. Dropouts are the result of these parents and grandparents who are against electricity and indoor plumbing which is why these kids have no skills to get a job. Paying property taxes to these people is also a no, no.

    April 5, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    "You realize we are saying bosses/government PAY?"

    You realize that employees PAY TOO? You realize that benefits are COMPENSATION FOR WORK PERFORMED AND NOT A GRATUITY?

    "insurance policies already cover this but who is paying for it????? Us women or our bosses and government??? "

    If it's under an insurance plan from yuor emlpoyer, then EVERYONE in the risk pool who is paying that insurance company a premium, INCLUDING MEN, is paying for it. If it's the government, well, everyone pays taxes, INCLUDING MEN.

    As for men having to pay for all abortions...that strikes me as just as backwards as saying that just the women should pay for it. Takes two to tango. Anyhoo, your bitterness has come across to me as very strange.

    April 5, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "Haley needs to spend more time in SC improving some of the state's third world conditions. SC, no health care, no indoor plumbing, no electricity in homes, dropouts, poverty, high unemployment when the economy is good."

    Mission Accomplished. I mean, see who they end up voting for? As far as Haley and the GOP/Teastrolls are concerned, it's working perfectly as intended.

    April 5, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  6. Another Day in the Idiot Mines

    I'm sorry, but "golden bullet"?!? Is the Rmoney campaign so incompetent it can't avoid making inappropriate references to toys, both children's toys and adult?

    April 5, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    Why not a platinum bullet? Were they afraid that would sound too ritzy and out of touch, but figured the jump from silver to gold would be more acceptable?

    April 5, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)


    silver bullett lol
    Romney is kinda werewolf looking,but no she said golden bullet. Go figure! lol!

    April 5, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "But that wasn't even the issue. Except when the Democrats put their best Hollywood fiction writers on it and spun it that way. If you investigated the issue yourself, you would see it was again federal government reaching beyond it's constitutional powers with mandates for buying insurance coverage that goes against the beliefs of some employers. Obama's interpretation on where federal government powers lie are much different than our founding fathers. He prefers to rule as King, but fortunately America was founded on a clear Constitution written by brilliant men."

    What a laughable puddle of conservative talking point sputum. The spin was GOPers/Teatrolls trying to make the issue about religious freedom in order to rile their fundamentalist bible belt base. It truly has nothing to do with religious freedom, and everything to do with commerce, equality, consumer choice and protecting the privacy, sanctity and freedom of peoples' health care decisions. EMPLOYERS DO NOT OWN THEIR EMPLOYEES. The GOP/Teatrolls seem to have confused that point, egregiously so.

    April 5, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  10. cali girl

    No way Niki. The. GOP coming after womens issues everywhere. Abortions now req vaginal ultrasounds in 3states. Now Mississippi wants to restrict who and where abortions are performed. And Robmey wants to cut pp funding. Really, not today Niki, and not come November.

    April 5, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  11. DEcember 2012

    It is unfortunate that Mitt Romney is not appearing as pragmatic and personable as his wife Ann. I think this is clearly a symptom of how toxic and extreme the Republican party has become and it seems even more unfortunate that Romney trumps political ambition over his principles and character as a moderate.

    I am not surprised that he wants this primary race to be over with so he can shed his ridiculous extremist persona so he can appeal to all the folks the far right has offended.

    April 5, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  12. cali girl

    Snifitt, right on the money
    four, no hollywood writer came up with 4 GOP states going with abortion restrictions upon its women. Robmey himself said he will cut Planned Parenthood completely, leaving up to millions of women without the only health care coverage they can have. You speak like a true womens rights non advocate.

    April 5, 2012 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  13. feedupinamerica

    Bha,baha. I take it most of you don't know to many Morman Women. While I'm not a woman, I do know that Morman woman are an indepedent bunch. Many who do use birth control, voice their opinions and are part of the workforce. Believe it are not some are even single parents. I'm sure that Ann Romney has her on opinion about things. After all it was Ann Romney that told Mitt he needed to run for president. So lets give her some credit here.

    While her stories may be different from yours, I'm certain their is something we could all learn from her life story. All of us know someone who has battled cancer, MS, or other serious illness. She is a wife and mother as alot of you are. So you have alot more in common in with Ann Romney than you think. Also she has raised her sons through the teenage years. That in it's self is a hard job as well as a battle from time to time. Not to mention she knows her husband better than anyone else. Before we go beating her into the ground, lets hear her out. Peace!

    April 5, 2012 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  14. GOP = Greed Over People

    Sounds like maybe Nikki "unzipped" the old Romney!

    April 5, 2012 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  15. Lisa P

    Ann Romney showed up here before our primary. I can't say she made much of a difference, or much of an impression at all. I would say that as a "golden bullet" she's overrated. Women know who's going to set up the system so they can afford health care and who isn't. Women can figure out who respects their choice to have a child or not to have a child and who doesn't. Women don't need a pundit to tell them that Ann Romney just might have reasons to keep her own interests nearer to heart than their interests - not that women would blame her. We all got to live and sometimes choices must be made. Women would have to be pretty foolish to let Ann Romney make theirs.

    April 5, 2012 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  16. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    Haley said, laying out how she was disqualified from a beauty pageant because judges didn't know whether to place her in the category for black girls or white girls.
    Wow! Haley is 40 years old. This incident happenned in the South Carolina of the 80's at earliest, more than likely 90's! I've heard of victims aligning themselves with their tormentors but ... So what are you doing to ensure that South Carolina leaves behind that backward mentality that caused you such angst Nikki? Hello?

    April 5, 2012 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  17. Black Roses

    You can be sure that President Barack Obama will be reelected in November. Obama 2012.

    April 5, 2012 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  18. Woman In California

    Someone last week commented Willard placed elevators in his (home/house) because Ann has MS. This is BS. There are millions of people out there who struggle with MS and do so without the use of private elevators. His small minority of voters will say ANYTHING to help this man appear normal. I had to share that with you as it really cracked me up.

    April 5, 2012 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  19. PJ/TX

    This Nikki tea bag also said "women don't care about contraception". She said it on The View, as reported in
    the news because I don't watch "The View", The commentator said even Elisabeth Hassel........couldn't save her
    from this remark.
    Golden bullet? Is that because Mrs. Romney is a "blonde"?
    I can see how she should certainly take herself out of being VP hopeful, she is just like that person who
    endorsed her – you know, the Alaska gem.

    April 5, 2012 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  20. Vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    Mitt Romney will connect very well with women...the Stepford wife type conservatives that do whatever their men wish they do, have had all their children and live in the "Leave it to Beaver" world Rick Santorum lives in.

    April 5, 2012 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  21. CaliforniaBC

    Hey Haley.....! No one is voting for Romney's WIFE! ROMNEY is the one running for office not her and HE is the one who has to stand and deal with his previous comments. ANOTHER flip to his numerous flops will not convince voters.

    NO woman in her right mind would vote Republican in this election.... not if they want to keep their rights.

    April 5, 2012 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    Nikki is a wonderful and beautiful person. Would love to see her as VP, but if she won't accept the offer, then I hope it goes to Allen West. We need a tough disciplined patriot in the White House to balance out the sharp businessman. And what a relief it will be to see a classy woman like Ann Romney in the White house, after Michelle Antoinette and her embarrassing outfits.

    April 5, 2012 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  23. Rachel

    Nikki is a great and beautiful person...would love to see her as VP. But if she won't accept, then I hope he asks Rubio or Allen West to balance the sharp businessman that Romney is. And what a pleasure it will be to have the classy Ann Romney as First Lady, after having to endure the embarrassment that was Michelle Antoinette with all her vacations and ugly outfits. Ugh.

    April 5, 2012 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  24. Rachel

    Oh...and Roe vs. Wade SHOULD be overturned, and these decisions should be made by the STATES, not by the Fed. As a woman, I'd love to see abortions become more limited. Using it as birth control (which is why most abortions are performed) is horrible. But partial birth abortion (and infanticide which Obama supports) is out of the question!

    April 5, 2012 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  25. GatorinSC

    You have got to be kidding me? Her????? She hasn't even been in office here more than a year. She can't stay in the state long enough to be governor, always self promoting herself....kinda sounds like Governor Jindal of Louisiana, doesn't it? Trust me, put her on the Romney ticket and you will have folks fleeing in droves to the other side.

    April 5, 2012 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
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