In GOP response to Obama, SC governor defends immigrants

At the very least, if Haley increased her standing in the illusory vice presidential sweepstakes of some candidates, she took herself off front-runner Donald Trump's short list. While the immigration system must be repaired, she said, "During anxious times, it can be tempting to follow the siren call of the angriest voices". She said no one who works hard and follows the laws "should ever feel unwelcome in this country". I made a bet on Haley based on the performance I thought she'd give tonight (not revealing my secrets here!). Haley made national headlines earlier this year when she made the controversial decision to take down the Confederate flag from the SC state House following the Ebenezer Baptist Church shooting that killed nine. David Woodard, a political science professor at Clemson University in SC, noted Haley touched on religious and social issues that will "help some with the GOP base".

"We would make global agreements that were celebrated in Israel and protested in Iran, not the other way around", she said, a reference to a treaty Obama and other nations negotiated with Iran to restrict its nuclear program that Republicans solidly oppose.

"I am the proud daughter of Indian immigrants who reminded my brothers, my sister and me every day how blessed we were to live in this country", Haley said. He described her as "winsome" and a "cheerleader" for SC, noting she deserved credit for "her ability to resist further entanglement with the federal government" by blocking the expansion of Medicaid, and for "building on a foundation of a state that has freedom in the workplace, where people aren't forced to join unions".

"If you want to hear a woman who is a visionary, who has a path for the future, it is Nikki Haley", says Ryan.

"On all of the issues, Gov. Haley has chosen to side with a rigid and radical ideology over the welfare of the people she was elected to serve".

"We removed a symbol that was being used to divide us", she said Tuesday of the flag's lowering. And she still makes the skin of many Democrats crawl because of her support for tough immigration and voter ID laws, as well as her refusal to accept billions of dollars of federal dollars through the Affordable Care Act. "In many parts of society today, whether in popular culture, academia, the media, or politics, there's a tendency to falsely equate noise with results", she added.

Our state was struck with shock, pain, and fear.

Haley has a 25 percent chance of securing the VP slot, according to wagerers, beating out almost 20 other leading figures in the GOP. We didn't have violence, we had vigils. It is customary for the party not in control of the White House to speak in response to the president's address, and the honor is usually given to a lawmaker who is gaining stature in that party.

Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham expressed similar disappointment, writing that Haley had "missed her opportunity". His rhetoric has alarmed the Republican establishment in particular because it could cost the party votes from key moderates and independents during the general election. During the 2012 presidential campaign, Haley frequently turned up on lists of GOP vice presidential possibilities, although Republican nominee Mitt Romney ultimately picked Ryan ahead of Haley and a dozen others who were thought to be in the running.

Nikki Haley whacked President Obama's record during her GOP response, but she hinted that those screaming the loudest in the Republican primary deserve some finger-wagging too. "I have worked with a Democratic governor at first and then a Republican governor, Mark Sanford".

'We need to recognize our contributions to the erosion of the public trust in America's leadership.

Haley was one of many governors who opposed opening their state's doors to Syrian refugees after the November 13 attacks in Paris.

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