SC Politics: Gov. Haley campaigns in Virginia

October 17, 2013 

Ken Cuccinelli (on left) Nikki Haley

Cuccinelli, Haley campaign together

S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley spent Wednesday campaigning in Virginia with fellow Republican Ken Cuccinelli in his bid to be governor of that state.

Haley joined Cuccinelli to tour a sheet-metal fabrication business. They discussed health care and government regulation with three brothers who started the business in 1990.

Haley said the federal budget and debt ceiling standoff in Washington shouldn’t damage Republican prospects in the Virginia governor’s race, which is less than three weeks away, but underscores the need for governors like herself and Cuccinelli.

Haley also challenged Democratic candidate for governor Terry McAuliffe to release his income tax returns to resolve questions about where and how he earned his money

On Saturday, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will campaign with McAuliffe, while conservative talk show host and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee will lead a Cuccinelli rally.

The Associated Press

GOP candidate for 6th District seat endorses ‘jobs, not handouts’

The Rev. Leon Winn announced his intention to run for South Carolina’s 6th District congressional seat in front of the Sumter County Judicial Center on Tuesday.

“We need change, and the only way to do that is through the people we elect to Congress,” said the 58-year-old Republican candidate. “I will work every day to better lives and break the gridlock in Congress not by trying but by doing. I don’t believe in trying. I believe in doing.”

Should he win the Republican Party’s nomination, Winn most likely will face long-serving U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-Columbia.

This is Winn’s second attempt at elected office. The Georgia-raised Winn ran as the Republican nominee for state senator in District 36 last year, falling to then-state Rep. Kevin L. Johnson Jr., D-Manning.

In launching his new campaign, Winn promoted broad concepts.

“I believe in the Constitution,” Winn said Tuesday. “I believe in free enterprise. I believe in jobs, not handouts.”

A father of three and grandfather of three, Winn also focused on education.

“Every child is born with an innate ability built in by God,” he said. “Students need a purpose, starting in middle school. Not all students are going to college, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be productive citizens. We need to give them a sense of hope.”

Winn, an Air Force veteran, is a graduate of Bradwell Institute of Hineville, Ga. He received his bachelor’s degree in theology from Morris College in 1990 and a doctorate in divinity from the Overcoming Outreach School of Religion in Columbia in 2000. In 2012, Winn told The Item he has lived in Sumter about two decades and been pastor of Rock Hill Baptist Church in Manning about 15 years.

Jade Anderson, The (Sumter) Item

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