Two days before taking the national spotlight to deliver a speech before the Republican National Convention, S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley urged a room full of women Sunday not to be discouraged as they pursue public service and other leadership roles.
“As we go through life, we have war stories,” Haley told a crowd gathered for “Her New View,” a panel discussion in Tampa put on by The Palladian View, an online magazine founded by Karen Floyd, the immediate past chairwoman of the S.C. Republican Party. “You’re so thankful for them. They make you realize your potential.”
Haley, scheduled to speak at the convention in the 9 p.m. hour Tuesday, and five other women shared their “war stories.”
Haley recounted three that she often repeats during speeches and cited in her memoir, “Can’t Is Not an Option”:
House Speaker Bobby Harrell, R-Charleston, has said Haley’s version of that story is inaccurate.
Audience members, including Andrea Smithson, a political science major at the University of Southern Florida, said Haley’s story is an inspiration for young women, looking to make a difference in the political world.
“I really loved that conservative women are making a difference and, as Gov. Haley put it, doing it with grace while under fire. It’s amazing,” Smithson said.