GOP, Dems release videos ahead of Gov. Nikki Haley's reelection bid

abeam@thestate.comAugust 26, 2013 

S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley speaks during a news conference in June about budget vetoes she signed.


— S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley's campaign released a video ahead of her 2014 reelection announcement Monday includes several business and corporate leaders backing the Lexington Republican.

“By any measure, Gov. Haley has really set a new standard for economic development and job creation," said Mike Brenan, chairman of the S.C. Chamber of Commerce, which supported her expected Democratic opponent State Sen. Vincent Sheheen in 2010. "The reason everyone is talking about South Carolina is because we’ve created the best environment to do business in the country. Period. End of discussion."

Meanwhile, the Democratic Governors Association released a video earlier Monday attacking Haley for the data breach at the S.C. Department of Revenue, DHEC’s response to a tuberculosis outbreak at a Greenwood elementary school and a series of high profile job losses in the Palmetto state.

The video, just over one minute long, comes on the day Haley is scheduled to formally announce her reelection campaign. Haley will appear at a 4 p.m. rally Monday in Greenville in front of the BI-LO Center. She will be joined by fellow Republican governors Rick Perry of Texas, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and Scott Walker of Wisconsin. The three governors are headlining an exclusive fundraiser for Haley later Monday night at the home of Greenville developer Bob Hughes.

Haley defeated Sheheen by 4.5 percentage points, or nearly 60,000 votes, in 2010. But Democrats believe Haley is vulnerable, often pointing to her approval rating of 44 percent in the latest poll conducted by Winthrop University.

Haley’s campaign pollster, Jon Lerner, in a memo last week predicted an easy victory for Haley because he says she has more money, more name recognition and a solid record.

You can watch the DGA video below:

You can watch the Haley video below:

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