Gov. Haley's husband to deploy to Afghanistan
July 30th, 2012
04:00 PM ET
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Gov. Haley's husband to deploy to Afghanistan

(CNN) - South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley's husband received orders from the South Carolina National Guard on Monday and is expected to deploy to Afghanistan in January, a spokesman in her office said.

1st Lieutenant Michael Haley will deploy to Afghanistan, spokesman Rob Godfrey said.

Michael Haley said in a Monday statement that "this deployment is the reason I joined the National Guard."

"It is important to me to be able to give back. So, in that regard, I am looking forward to the opportunity to serve with a great team from South Carolina," he continued.

Gov. Haley said it is an "an honor to watch him serve our country" and said it is natural to worry about her husband's well-being.

"There's not a military spouse that doesn't worry," she said. "But there's not a military spouse that doesn't have an amazing amount of pride for the fact that these men and women, it's what they do. It's what they love. It's just an amazing willingness to put country over self. And so It's hard to feel anything but pride and, you know, do you worry? Yes, of course you worry.

"But I also know that we've got a very strong military force," she continued. "I know that our training is second to none, and it's like I tell all my military spouses when I speak to other deployments: all needs to be well on the homefront. And so we will be fine here and he just needs to take care of himself when he's there."

She was elected in 2010 with tea party support and has been suggested by some as a possible vice presidential pick for presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. In an April interview, however, she said that she enjoys her job and "would not accept" the spot.

Michael Haley added that "the only thing that gives me pause is the year long deployment away from family.

"But in the end, I can't help but to think giving one year along with my fellow soldiers, as many have done before me, to secure a life of freedom for my family is well worth all that comes with it," he continued.

- CNN's John Branch contributed to this report

Filed under: Afghanistan • Nikki Haley • South Carolina
soundoff (80 Responses)
  1. Dumbpolitics

    This so called war has gone on long enough too long in fact. 10 years the Dick and Hellburton and all the defense contractors have made 10 lifetimes enough money on this so called war. Bin Laden is dead. Time to bring all the people home to make a better America.

    July 30, 2012 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  2. gwats1957

    She's a Republican, which she means she acts against the best interests of everyone who doesn't vote for her, and contribute to her campaign coffers. I do hope her husband makes it home safe and sound.

    July 30, 2012 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  3. Jacob

    Nikki vetoes funding for a 2% teacher raise and eliminates funding for rape crisis centers because she opposes government spending, despite the fact that both her salary and her husband's are covered by the taxpayers. And to top it off, her 14 year old kid just got a taxpayer funded summer job in the State House gift shop. (But she claims it's off-limits for reporters to ask her if she pulled any strings to get her kid the job, a job that was not publicly listed.)

    July 30, 2012 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  4. southernwonder

    gov haley is not against contraception. they have only two kids. that's barely replacement level. i don't see why the republicans elected her. all republican women should have 6 kids min.

    July 30, 2012 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  5. Sarah

    At least she's not a chickenhawk.

    July 30, 2012 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
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