S.C. politics: Haley would like to see governor as president

November 21, 2013 

Haley would like to see governor as president

Gov. Nikki Haley says she’s a fan of governors – and she would like to see one in the White House in January 2017.

“Governors make great CEOs,” Haley said at a Republican Governors Association news conference Thursday in Scottsdale, Ariz. “It’s easier for us to look at how they handle their state and how they would handle the country than it’s for one member of D.C., saying, ‘Oh, maybe they can do it.’ ”

Haley took a dig at would-be presidents now in Congress, saying, “It’s really hard for someone out of D.C. to prove results when they can’t even stay open.”

Haley did not name any governors she would like to see as president, but she was sitting next to a potential 2016 hopeful, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who Thursday was elected president of the Governors Association.

Christie has no campaign visits scheduled to South Carolina in support of Haley’s 2014 re-election bid.

But Christie has “committed to doing everything he can to support her re-election, and that includes coming to campaign for her at some point over the next year,” Haley campaign spokesman Rob Godfrey said.

Andrew Shain

Negotiators ‘working hard’ on budget deal, Clyburn says

U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn, South Carolina’s only Democrat on Capitol Hill, said he hopes a deal will avert another federal government shutdown in January.

“We’re headed in that direction,” Clyburn said Thursday during an appearance on the “NewsOne Now” TV program. “We’re working hard to trying to find some common ground.”

Clyburn, who is on the budget negotiation committee, said congressional Democrats will defend Social Security.

“These are not things Democrats are going to get rid of,” said Clyburn. “We need to get rid of these tax incentives or preferences that people are enjoying.”

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