Nikki Haley: Newt Gingrich will have to prove he’s ’still relevant’ in S.C.

Newt Gingrich will have to prove that he’s still relevant and Donald Trump may want to check his potty mouth at the door, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said Wednesday, on the eve of the first debate in the 2012 race for the GOP presidential nomination.

The Greenville, S.C., event — to be broadcast at 9 p.m. tonight by Fox News — will be somewhat diminished by the fact that several major players will be missing.

Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina. Associated Press

Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina. Associated Press

Five candidates will be featured: Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty; Herman Cain, the former Atlanta radio talk-show host; former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania; U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas; and former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson.

Neither Gingrich, the former U.S. House speaker, nor Trump, the celebrity real estate magnate, will be in the state for tonight’s opening bell. Neither will former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

But they’ll all come sooner or later. Since 1980, no Republican nominee has succeeded without carrying South Carolina — in line to be the third state in next year’s presidential contest, and the first in the South.

That makes Haley’s endorsement crucial to the contest. The governor was in Atlanta Wednesday for a tourism-boosting event, and talked about what she’ll be listening for, tonight and later:

Insider: Tomorrow’s debate in Greenville won’t include what many would call the top tier of Republican candidates. Are you disappointed?

Haley: The candidates that are at this debate will certainly have a head start — in that they will have the attention of South Carolina. And they’re also telling South Carolina that they think it’s important to be there.

Q: Is absence a sign of disrespect?

A: I don’t take it as disrespect. What I will tell you is that anybody that discounts South Carolina will be making a huge mistake. The people of South Carolina are very policy-driven, and they want specifics. You have to be very well-prepared before you come to this state.

Q: How would you characterize the entire field of prospective GOP candidates so far? Finished or unfinished?

A: It’s hard to tell whether the slate is full or not. What I can tell you is, I — along with the people of South Carolina — don’t want to hear from candidates on how they’re going to win.

What we want to hear is how do they feel [about] the debt ceiling. What are they going to do with the fact that we’re having to deal with bullying labor unions? How are they going to handle gas prices?

What are they going to do in light of the death of Osama bin Laden?

Q: You mentioned about a week ago that you didn’t want to hear candidates simply trashing President Barack Obama.

A: The candidates — they need to understand this is not about everything that’s wrong with President Obama. This is about everything they’re going to do to make it right.

They’ve got actual, real time issues that we want to know how they would handle if they were in President Obama’s place.

Q: Is there anyone who particularly appeals to you?

A: Right now, I’m completely open-minded and anxious to hear what they’re going to do. We don’t want them coming into South Carolina with their big-time political consultants and them just going to visit GOP clubs. They have to understand that this is very grass-roots driven. They have to go visit every corner of South Carolina and appeal to all types.

Q: Are there specific traits that you will be looking for in a presidential candidate?

A: Ideally, we would love somebody that’s strong in business — someone that has had experience in showing leadership and making tough decisions. Someone that understands that it’s not always about politically right moves. I think we’re looking for a fighter.

Q: It’s been said that last week, starting with President Obama’s release of his birth certificate and ending with the announcement that Osama bin Laden had been killed, was a signal to Republicans that they need to get more serious about challenging an incumbent president. Do you agree?

A: Absolutely….We need someone that can understand this is not about dealing with distractions. This is about focusing and leading on what’s going to better our country.

Q: Do you think Donald Trump would sell well in South Carolina?

A: He’s coming the middle of this month, so we’ll find out.

Q: I’m sure the f-word is said your state, but I also assume that people don’t like it said in public.

A: We are very polite in South Carolina. And very respectful. I would hope that all of our candidates understand that before they come here.

Q: In an interview last February, you said this about Newt Gingrich: “There was a place and time for him.” What did you mean by that?

A: He’s a person that has had great ideas. And what he’s going to have to do is really plead to the people of South Carolina and see if those ideas are still relevant. See if he has new ideas that connect with people.

After the Haley interview, we put a call into the Gingrich exploratory campaign. “I think Newt’s 1990’s ideas of cutting spending are all relevant ideas for today,” said spokesman Rick Tyler. Among those Tyler cited were balancing the federal budget, strengthening defense and intelligence-gathering, and policies aimed at economic growth.

Gingrich is the preferred candidate of Gov. Nathan Deal of Georgia.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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49 comments Add your comment

Clinton "Skink" Tyree

May 4th, 2011
8:15 pm

Fool me once, shame on you.
Fool me twice, shame on me.

WOW

May 4th, 2011
8:15 pm

More Newt columns?

YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWN!!!!!!

WOW

May 4th, 2011
8:15 pm

“Fool me twice, shame on me.’

You’re fooled quite often, Stink.

Frederick Douglass

May 4th, 2011
8:20 pm

If Newt gets Haley cornered in an empty room, chances are he’ll try to prove he’s still virile.

Rural Education

May 4th, 2011
8:28 pm

It is sad that Haley is relevant

TrishaDishaWarEagle

May 4th, 2011
8:29 pm

@last man standing

You were so right , before…the info release, retraction, story change, just trust us(fat change, hussein) has been like amateur hour at the apollo.

The entire obama team(except panetta who apparently is at odds with the hussein-o inner circle chicago mob) are such neophytes..although that $200,000 a yr teleprompter coach might know his stuff..but apparently uh uh uh hussein is uh uh uh just a bad student.

Jessi

May 4th, 2011
8:38 pm

Trisha: You want Obama, don’t you?

TrishaDishaWarEagle

May 4th, 2011
8:44 pm

@Jessi..yes I want obama..

..to lose in 2012

…go back to chicago

….deport his illegal alien worthless leech of a creature auntie before any more taxpayer dollars are spent on her housing.

….damn, crop those ears!

Last Man Standing

May 4th, 2011
8:49 pm

Trisha:

Leon Panetta (sp?) is the only one I believe to be telling it as it is, and I’m sure he will hear about that, too. He seems to have a penchant for being truthful. I’m not sure how that fits in with this administration.

Frederick Douglass

May 4th, 2011
8:49 pm

She’d take Cam Newton if he’d have her though.

Last Man Standing

May 4th, 2011
8:51 pm

Trisha:

“….damn, crop those ears!”

LOL

TrishaDishaWarEagle

May 4th, 2011
8:53 pm

Nope, I just want to be Cecil’s “investment” counselor. I could drain the accounts quicker that way.

Last Man Standing

May 4th, 2011
8:54 pm

Jessi:

Trisha probably wants him the same way I do. I think we both want to see his backside as he departs for Kenya or Indonesia – permanently.

Flash

May 4th, 2011
8:54 pm

Take a deep breath trisha, get ready for the presidents’ second term. Can’t wait to see what he does with his “political capitol.”

TrishaDishaWarEagle

May 4th, 2011
9:06 pm

he has none, gas and food inflation and the election where his party got trashed in a historical asskicking last fall, took it away from him.

Frederick Douglass

May 4th, 2011
9:12 pm

Scott Walker, and Paul Ryan have cut deeply into any gains from that “historic” asskicking of last fall.

DW

May 4th, 2011
9:15 pm

My, hasn’t someone gotten rather arrogant since taking office…

TrishaDishaWarEagle

May 4th, 2011
9:34 pm

@frederick

Ah scott walker cut into those gains huh..I guess thats why the REPUBLICAN won the wisconsin state supreme court election, which the dems , when they thought they had it, said was a referendum on walkers agenda. I guess the union backlash was not very deep. PS I love to watch union people picket on the side of the road, it gives me a target to throw my half used coffee cup at.

Jezel

May 4th, 2011
9:48 pm

Don’t you know that it is ok for Newt to have a wife and a girlfriend. It is just not alright for others to do that.

Jezel

May 4th, 2011
9:54 pm

AND…how bout the Republicans proving they are still relevant in America.

PROV. 11:17

May 4th, 2011
9:56 pm

Trisha Dishar … writes: “I love to watch union people picket on the side of the road, it gives me a target to throw my half used coffee cup at.”

And she would be a leader of people. Dear me, Governor, dear me.

Rick Tyler

May 4th, 2011
10:00 pm

My full comments to Jim Galloway:

I think Newt’s 1990’s ideas of cutting spending (today’s debt is over $14 trillion), balancing the budget (this year’s deficit is $1.1 trillion), welfare reform (1 in 7 today are on food stamps), strengthening intelligence and defense (SEAL Team Six, the team that killed Osama bin Laden, has a $1 billion budget alone) and pro-growth policies to help create 8 million jobs from 1995-1999 (today’s U6 unemployment number is more than 10%) are all relevant ideas for today. The difference between Newt and all the other candidates is that Newt has a proven track record of getting these things done.

Rabbit

May 4th, 2011
10:19 pm

Leroy Gingrich – lied to the ethics committee as a congressman, always used his position for personal gain, two divorces due to infidelity in an unbelievable display of hubris, aggressively sought the impeachment of a president while conducting himself in much the same manner. Yep. Leroy can “get ‘er done.”

vuduchld

May 4th, 2011
11:13 pm

For Nikki Haley to say anything about being relevant tells just how far my bitrh state has fallen. This nit wit doesn’t have a clue!

CMCD

May 5th, 2011
1:43 am

Gov. Haley defines Gary Johnson as the candidate she is looking for:

“we would love somebody that’s strong in business — someone that has had experience in showing leadership and making tough decisions. Someone that understands that it’s not always about politically right moves. I think we’re looking for a fighter.”

Gov. Johnson built a company from 1 to 1,000 employees, he was a very succesful 2-term GOP Governor in a Democrat state. He made tough decisions in vetoing some 750 nills and thousands of spending line items, more than all other Governors combined. Gov. Johnson has always tried to do what is right, not what is political – why else would he question the prohibition on marijuana when no other politicain would ever mention such a thing – despite 46% national support, and 2/3rds of Americans having “illegally” tried pot – most would agree it is less harmful that alchohol. Gov. Johnson is ahead of his time – calling for withdrawal from Afghanistan before we got Bin Laden – Gov. Johnson says Bin Laden should have been our only target – not national building in Pakistan.

Go Big J!!!

Rush's paid caller

May 5th, 2011
7:44 am

Why are some people so concerned with big things on Obama’s body?

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carla roqs

May 5th, 2011
9:08 am

Trisher Disher- i have been observing over the last couple of days and you have so much anger. it is truly disheartening that at a time when society needs to pull together, there are such hatemongers as you stirring things up, if only on a political blog. personally, i would love for you to get face to face with Obama so that the secret service could show you some love, goodness knows you seem to be lacking such. and as far as your being middle class and elite? mhmmmmm, surrre. you have your own hate rag, dont you? commies go home? no afrikans allowed? honey, please, calm down. and freddie d? we are not going to do this today with them, i like Jim’s blogs, but the majority of people who comment are… trying to be nice today, so i will leave that sentence open.

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Disgusted Conservative

May 5th, 2011
11:38 am

“Boot Newt” and “Dump Trump”! If this and the other lightweights are the best the Republican Party has to offer Obama win win in a walk! These dummies aren’t the solution…they are just more of the problem! We need a true conservative with cojones and a conscience to run as an independent instead of these flakes! Where are the Reagans, the Trumans, and the Perots when our country needs them??

KinneyShelia

May 5th, 2011
5:14 pm

I paid $32.67 for a XBOX 360 and my mom got a 17 inch Toshiba laptop for
$94.83 being delivered to our house tomorrow by FedEX. I will never again
pay expensive retail prices at stores. I even sold a 46 inch HDTV to my boss
for $650 and it only cost me $52.78 to get. Here is the website we using to
get all this stuff, EatBids.com

Hotness

May 5th, 2011
5:33 pm

Republican women: who’s hotter?

1. Nikki Haley
2. Michelle Bachmann
3. Sarah Palin

My vote: Nikki!! I need more photos however for better “evaluation.”

David B

May 5th, 2011
10:11 pm

I’m not sure how Gingrich needs to clarify his position on the debt ceiling?

This is a man who single-handedly took all of the abuse Clinton spin doctors and the US media could toss at him in order to to write a balanced budget.

The media never reported the real issues that Gingrich held dear, and that he got concessions on.

The most important was the use of CBO numbers! Clinton quietly gave in to this demand and this created a difference of trillions of dollars in savings.

The second most important (to Gingrich) was the preservation of a “free” internet.

Read Gingrich’s book “To Renew America”.

It’s all there!

The man actually wrote balanced budgets, and did it with a Democrat in the White House, at tremendous personal expense. He doesn’t need to clarify where he stands on balancing the budget.

(What he does need to clarify is how he can make himself appear “likeable” enough to win an election.)

Rabbit

May 6th, 2011
1:03 am

DB
“… How he can make himself appear “likable” enough to win an election.”

That says it best – “appear likable” i’ve met the man – followed his career from his days at West Georgia College. He’s not likable and if he were to “appear” that way, it would be just that – only appearances – fake, like most everything else about him. In 95 he seized a populist issue and rode it to political success. Since, he has not tried hard to conceal the shameless, self-interested conceit that drives him. Clearly, to be electable, Leroy has to get the act on. The problem for him is he doesn’t wear “likable” well.

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Bill Orvis White

May 6th, 2011
4:51 pm

The real deal is Mr. Cain. I called for him to run before it was cool do it. Now, I’m more proud than ever and you know something, Mr. Cain just might pull this thing off! I love you folks in South Carolina for keeping an open mind and saying the gracious things you said about him!
While I love and respect the other men who showed up in the FOX News Debate, I’m eager to hear more of Mr. Trump’s and Speaker Gingrich’s ideas. I really like their governor. She reminds me of that governor from Louisiana, but she is much, much prettier and seems a heckuva lot smarter.

Here are some of my picks for a fantasy White House at this moment:
President Herman Cain
Vice President Newt Gingrich
WH Chief-of Staff Donald Trump
Secretary of State Rick Santorum
Secretary of Defense Michele Bachmann
Treasury Secretary Sarah Palin
Interior Secretary Tim Pawlenty
Labor Secretary Michael Huckabee

Bill Orvis White

May 6th, 2011
6:27 pm

phil c

May 6th, 2011
9:08 pm

Orvis: I would surmise from your posts that you’re probably also a proponent of “English only”, so I regret to inform you that criteria would disqualify Herman Cain right away. Every time I hear Herman talk, I keep thinking of the line from “Airplane,”; “Oh Miss, I speak jive.”

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Bill Orvis White

May 7th, 2011
9:13 pm

@phil c
Mr. Cain speaks in beautiful tones and connects with a lot of people who need to hear his message of self-reliance and an adherence to the Lord Almighty.
God Bless,
Bill

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missmollie

May 9th, 2011
6:00 am

Don’t discount Mitt Romney…

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The Centrist

May 9th, 2011
8:14 pm

@Bill Orvis White. Just think, with that ticket the ordinary people in Soth Carolina, Alabama, Northern Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Missouri, Texas and Florida when hurricane season starts, will not have to worry about hearing the words, “I’m from the Federal Government, and I’m here to help.” Let’s eliminate the Death Tax, so we can eliminate the Federal Flood Insurance and Federal Disaster Program expenses.

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