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. geggyg

    Im happy that Ann Romney has survived cancer ,and dealing well with MS , but she was fortunate in marrying a wealthy man and family , who could afford the best healthcare and support at home as well.
    Try to pay for cancer treatment amd MS treatment if your on a low income with inadequate healthcare, and many people deal with these issues when they are relatively young and havent been able to amass a family fortune

    April 5, 2012 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  2. mkurbo

    Great choice fro Romney ! Either her or Ryan will make a nice ticket...

    April 5, 2012 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  3. JR SC

    Obama has a survivor. His V.P. He is an idiot and a loser and the poster child for someone who would have a helmet. Of course, the president has had a helmet on since he has been elected. Way to go little man, invite THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD to the White House, you know those losers who say women have NO RIGHTS. You love them and their views Hussein.

    April 5, 2012 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  4. Freebird

    Also, nobody paid for my friends birth control and they manages. What is wrong with people, that need the government to help them with this ?
    And, while I think under extreme situations abortion is a personal matter, why are you OK with abortion as a bc method ?
    Its a bit too much disregard for serious issues like what is our feeling about human life.........

    April 5, 2012 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  5. Freebird

    Romney and his wife are decent people and not revolutionaries and they have practical ideas. They are not obsessed with race and not trying to change our system of govt which is pretty good I think.
    We have some real nasties right now and they are incompetent also.
    Please try to do some research and stop idealizing Obama. Even a liberal like me could figure out that he was not "my fathers type of Democrat". We are in trouble and need you guys to stop arguing like children on blogs, and instead vote for Romney bc he can bring back some respect and practical solutions to the US.

    April 5, 2012 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  6. Roger Ball

    Too much baggage. Go with Condi Rice.

    April 5, 2012 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    The American Dream. No one ran them off they just did not "get" them. No matter what you look like, if you have decent character, and make an effort, America will embrace you.

    April 5, 2012 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  8. Tom

    Haley is a ditz and Ann is a turn off to most women.

    April 5, 2012 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  9. Richard

    Oh my dear god no. Not because of her politics, but because is dumber than Palin.

    April 5, 2012 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  10. Reason is Lost

    This...is some of the most illogical thought I can recall.

    First, no one is "chipping away at birth control" they are defending an employer's right to choose what they will and will not cover. This is illogical: Forcing women to get an ultrasound is invasive and wrong but forcing an employer (religious or otherwise) to cover something is ok? This is simply an "end justifies the means" argument. Why is force of law justified in one case but not the other?

    Secondly, the state legislatures that required ultrasounds were elected by the people (including women!) of that state. They can be voted out, the law can be repealed it can be challenged and overturned in the courts (oh wait can it?). Now because you don't agree with the people's voting, you want to overturn it by fiat? Do you not believe in people's right to rule themselves? So because you don't agree with these elected people, should a panel be set up to overturn it? What else could they overturn? Roe v. Wade? Universal Suffrage? You can't argue on one hand that no such leader would use this against you and argue on the other that there are those in the GOP who would.

    Do you not see that the very power you amass to *force* private companies to cover birth control could be used by a "Rick Santorum" to BAN birth control coverage? Once you give ANYONE that level of power it could be used the other way? In simple point of fact, the opponents of forced birth control coverage are standing up for your freedom not to have that exact same power used against you down the road! Once the precedent is set, who is to say your own adversaries won't use it against you?

    By handing over the power over your life in this one case to fix something you don't agree with you hand it over to be used against you later.

    April 5, 2012 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  11. Robert

    Red Herron, alll the way

    April 5, 2012 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  12. Joe

    Wolf keeps trying to steer the subject to a non issue; contraception. Contraception is not an issue, and never has been, but the libs want to DIVERT attention! Fortunately, most thinking Americans are aware of this. OK, this having been said, Nikki Haley would be a fine VP running mate. She is smart, articulate and conservative. Romney could do a lot worse.

    April 5, 2012 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  13. zombierocket

    Romney, just another RINO.

    April 5, 2012 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  14. Charles Darwin

    The left is notoriously misogynist, and will trash Haley from day one. The Democrats hate any "protected minority" that doesn't toe their party line.
    Maher will attack her as "stupid" because he hates anyone taller than him, which is just about everybody.

    April 5, 2012 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  15. Don't Buy It

    As if I needed more of a reason to not vote for Romney. So tired of phony conservatives and the fanboys who support them. If you really cared about liberty and fiscal responsibility, as you claim you do, then it's a no-brainer who to vote for.

    April 5, 2012 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  16. Sara Bellum

    The American Dream if you ask me. Her family may have looked different and not fit in right away, but made an effort and displayed decent character and eventually were accepted. Sounds just like any social group setting I’ve ever known.

    As for GOP being interested in pushing women back to the Stone Age, you really need to understand a few things.

    Planned Parenthood has UN population control origins. Look into it or Google it as they say. As a woman I can say that abortion seemed like no big deal. It's easy to see how this procedure is just a minor inconvenience relative to the life long burden of an additional human being that one will have to look after (with or without the $3500 tax credit /income redistribution which incentivizes this behavior). Over the years, with age, wisdom and more self acceptance, I can say with out reservation the life that was sucked from my womb twenty-two years ago haunts me more with each passing year.

    Additionally, that Roe v Wade was handed down by the Supreme Court as the law of the land and not left to voters in each state to approve or not is the Ultimate example of Judicial Activism.

    Anyway, why is the left against capital punishment but is OK with sucking a small human from a woman's core. Studies have been done on the physical, spiritual and emotional damage this inflicts on women.

    April 5, 2012 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  17. Nate

    Communist news network

    April 5, 2012 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  18. angel611

    Just what this country needs, a psychotic, arrogant, Hindu, dictator.
    In SC, even the Tea Party that helped elect her wants nothing to do with her.
    The SC Republican legislature hates her.
    She is Adolf Hitler in a dress.
    I read where she is filling SC State Government with people from India (She is Indian).
    "If anyone dares to stand up to me, I will get them" Haley
    "I don't ask people to do things, I tell them!" Haley
    Haley makes Dick Cheney look like a nice guy.

    April 5, 2012 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  19. Frank

    Well, what is it women want .... communism, unemployment, lies, increased spending and debt for the future, attacks on church teaching, walk five feet behind their man, the brotherhood values, forced contraception, more OWS .... what more do they want, the republican Romney doesn't propose banning contraception. I don't get it, or is this a made up issue of government news?

    April 5, 2012 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  20. Jules

    What does Anderson Cooper have to say about Romney's bullet?

    April 5, 2012 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  21. Steve

    Susana Martinez better fills this role, and without the scandal that Haley has. Remember that Gov Haley is under Federal investigation at this moment. Plus, Romney NEEDS to win NM, CO, NV, and either OR or WA to make up for lackluster support in the Midwest. Martinez plus Mormans gives him a better than equal chance there and in picking up Florida.

    April 5, 2012 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  22. ETP

    Another GOP lady for the left to mock, stalk, slander, misquote, and make misogynist comments about. Plus, her church is probably already being targeted for arson.

    April 5, 2012 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  23. Tina

    Just because Mrs. Romney was dumb enough to marry him does not mean the rest of us are. No matter, who ever gets the nod, I will vote for. NOBAMA 2012. Allen West anytime!

    April 5, 2012 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  24. Buck Wheat

    Well, I'm officially another disenfranchised Republican that isn't going to vote in November. Congratulations Republican Establishment. You have another McCain in Romney moderate. Have fun losing again. I'll pass on this election AGAIN. Have fun with your "women" VP nominees too. 8 million registered republicans didn't vote in the last election because of this formula. IDIOTS will never learn.

    April 5, 2012 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  25. canary

    I am a pro-life Republican woman, and I will not vote for Romney. Back to the drawing board, GOP. Full disclosure: I did hold my nose and voted for Dole and McCain, but I am drawing the line at Romney. Won't even pull the straight-ticket lever.

    April 5, 2012 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
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