GOP, Dems trade barbs over abortion, school funding in SC governor’s race

September 25, 2013 

S.C. Sen. Vincent Sheheen (left) and S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley

— S.C. Republicans posted a video Wednesday critical of pro-life Democratic gubernatorial challenger Vincent Sheheen speaking at home of a supporter who sits on the board of a pro-choice group.

Meanwhile, the Sheheen camp sent out a link Wednesday to a 24/7 Wall St. story blaming Haley for South Carolina being among states that have reduced K-12 funding most since the recession.

Sheheen, a state senator from Kershaw County, is scheduled to speak Wednesday night during a S.C. Democratic Party rally at the Columbia home of financial executive Robert Key.

Key is on the board of New Morning Foundation, a Columbia group that advocates for “uncensored, medically accurate” sexual education and opposes “attempts to assign rights to fertilized eggs rather than to women.”

The campaign of Republican Gov. Nikki Haley points that her site includes her stance on right-to-life issues. Sheheen does not. The pair are expected to meet next year in a rematch of their 2010 race.

Sheheen’s campaign did not address the right-to-life issue and instead said the state GOP party’s “attack reeks of desperation.”

The story about education funding featured by state Democrats said South Carolina has cut per pupil spending by 16 percent since the 2007 -- sixth most in the nation.

“The lack of education funding is, in part, due to the political ideals of Governor Nikki Haley,” the story said citing her vetoes and refusal to accept federal aid.

The Haley camp said the governor has met with educators and parents in recent months about how schools spend state money.

“Haley is actually working to fix" problems, her spokesman said.

Andy Shain

S.C. GOP video on Vincent Sheheen

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