Nikki Haley has received a super-blast of endorsements in her bid for governor, sharing the stage Friday with two nationally-known personalities. Haley was endorsed by former first lady Jenny Sanford in Charleston, then appeared before a crowd of hundreds on the Statehouse steps with Sarah Palin that evening.
In Columbia, Haley said the election matters a lot, and she called for a move to conservatism. She said now there are Republicans running the state, but that after the election there will be conservatives running it. Haley said that the tea party movment is not dying, but is thriving.
As we campaign across this state, I want you to know I have never seen people so spirited about their government and elected officials so scared. It’s a beautiful thing.
Palin said her husband, who was not present, also wishes Haley the best and understands her struggle.
He knows what she’s going through, being the underdog, being the fighter, being the winner that she is, ’cause he has witnessed some of her story. You know we went through the same thing. You know John McCain carried this great state and you have a lot of right-thinking people in this part of the country.
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Sara Mazure, a Charleston resident, was in the crowd, wearing a blue haley sticker. She said that Haley and Palin inspire her and she’s interested in getting involved in politics. She said she read Palin’s book.
The Columbia event was an opportunity for environmentalists to speak out. Half a dozen carried signs reading “Spill baby spill,” mocking Palin’s “Drill baby drill” chant she has used to call for off-shore drilling, as many opponents of off-shore drilling have done following the oil spill along the Gulf coast.
Ryan Nevius with Sustainable Midlands said that tourism and natural resources must be protected for the economic good of the state and that off-shore drilling is not a good idea.
Tom Clements with Friends of the Earth said that anyone pushing for off-shore drilling now is not taking a responsible position.