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Saturday
May042013

Biden, Sen. Ted Cruz Speak in South Carolina Amid 2016 Buzz

Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images(COLUMBIA, S.C.) -- South Carolina got a taste of two very different political acts Friday night.

On one side was Vice President Joe Biden, a 35-year veteran of the Senate who showered praise on his old congressional colleagues and drew on his standard stump speech from the 2012 campaign, talking about Democrats’ commitment to the middle class and declaring that Republicans are “down on America.”

“One of the things that bothers me most about the new Republican party is how down on America they are, how down on our prospects they are, how they talk about how we’re getting clobbered, how they talk about things that have no relationship to reality, all in the name of making sure that the very few at the top do very well,” Biden said at the South Carolina Democratic Party’s annual Jefferson Jackson Dinner Friday night.

On the other side, two miles down the road, was Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, a rising star in the Republican Party, less than six months into his first term as a senator. Cruz wooed the South Carolina Republicans with his talk of repealing President Obama’s healthcare plan and protecting constitutional rights.

“We should be defending the fourth and fifth amendments against an administration that recognizes no limits on its powers,” Cruz said at the South Carolina GOP’s Silver Elephant Dinner as he went through each of the constitutional rights he believes the Obama administration is threatening.

Biden and Cruz each traveled to South Carolina, known as the “First in the South” primary state, to honor leaders in their respective parties, but the visits fueled speculation about each man’s intentions for the presidential election three years from now.

The vice president acknowledged that his trip to South Carolina would create a buzz about 2016 but insisted he solely came to celebrate Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., who was being honored at the evening’s fundraiser.

“I love coming down here to South Carolina…As soon as I show up in South Carolina, the Washington press corps comes out saying, ‘Is Biden getting ready?’” he said, before adding that he came at the request of Clyburn. “I’ve got to make clear — I would go anywhere Jim asked me to go.”

As they opined before their party faithful Friday evening, both politicians were very cognizant of the other’s presence in South Carolina. Biden referenced the Silver Elephant Dinner occurring down the road multiple times in his speech but refrained from mentioning the Texas senator by name, instead jokingly saying “I don’t want to make any news tonight.”

But Cruz was a bit more direct in his acknowledgement of Biden, who he challenged to a debate over the Second Amendment at the National Rifle Association in Houston, Texas earlier on Friday.

“So Vice President Joe Biden’s in town,” Cruz said to laughs. “You know the great thing is you don’t even need a punch line? You just say that and people laugh.”

Cruz admitted Republicans are “demoralized” by the results of the 2012 election but predicted the political fortunes of the GOP will change in 2014.

“Things can change quickly,” he said. “I am convinced with your help we’re going to take back the U.S. Senate in 2014.

Asked if Cruz is a viable presidential candidate, former Sen. Jim DeMint, head of the Heritage Foundation, who was being honored at Friday night’s event, told reporters that voters are clamoring for a leader like Cruz but said Friday’s speech wasn’t a signal of a presidential run.

“Give the guy a break, he’s just coming to speak for us here,” DeMint told reporters. “Everybody comes to South Carolina you say they’re running for president. I can assure you he’s thinking about Senate business and that’s about it right now.”

“He’s one of the strongest Republicans in the country now. I’ve been in 25 cities in the past few months, all I have to do is mention Ted Cruz’s name and people stand up and cheer,” DeMint said. “They’re hungry for someone who’s not afraid and willing to stand up, who’s trying to change the status quo.”

While he didn’t directly express a desire to run in 2016, Cruz did link himself to the early primary state by pointing out the connection between Texas and South Carolina dating back to the Alamo, similar to a story Texas Gov. Rick Perry often referenced while in South Carolina during his presidential bid last year.

“Texas and South Carolina have a long long connection, a connection that goes back centuries…There were two native South Carolinians – William Barret Travis and James Bonham in the Alamo,” Cruz said. “That’s the tradition, that’s the history of South Carolina and Texas, and it’s a tremendous thing. So thank you for the support South Carolina has given then and now as we fight side by side for freedom.”

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Monday
Feb182013

South Carolina TV Wars: Mark Sanford vs. the World

(former) South Carolina governor website (CHARLESTON, S.C.) -- Mark Sanford wants you to know that he has learned from his mistakes and will try to change Washington if he gets there.

That’s the message of his first TV ad, now visible on cable airwaves in Charleston, S.C., where the former governor is attempting the political comeback of the decade. With more ads to come, Sanford has reserved $160,000 worth of TV time before the March 19  primary, according to his campaign.

Sanford, who famously resigned the governorship following the revelation of an extra-marital affair with an Argentinian woman, faces 15 other candidates in his race to reclaim the state’s First Congressional District, which he represented from 1995 to 2001, before assuming the governorship. Just about every kind of local pol has come out to oppose him: current and former state legislators; a sheriff; a personal-injury lawyer; a former JAG officer; a former Secret Service agent; a school-board trustee; and a local high school teacher, to name a few.

“Our message is simple: I’ve learned a lot over the past few years about grace and forgiveness, but one thing hasn’t changed. And that’s my absolute commitment to watching out for taxpayers and getting spending under control,” Sanford wrote in an email to supporters announcing the new ad.

Sanford, 52, is the odds-on favorite, according to a Republican source in the state, but he’ll need to reach more than 50 percent in the primary to avoid a runoff. With so many other candidates, that could be tough. The runoff would be held April 2.

The former governor wasn’t first to launch an air attack, by any means.

One of his more promising opponents seems to be Teddy Turner, son of the media magnate Ted Turner. A high school economics teacher in Charleston, Turner had been running ads before he filed for the race in mid-January, and he ran them during both the AFC and NFC championship NFL games, according to a source in the state.

Turner is relatively unknown as a political presence in the state, and his ads have introduced him to voters. In one that debuted Feb. 12, Turner takes a subtle jab at Sanford: “What I’m not is a career politician,” Turner says to the camera.

Another explains that his experience as a CNN news cameraman in the Soviet Union made him into a conservative.

Two other candidates are airing TV ads in Charleston.

Chip Limehouse, running as an economic conservative, bluntly announces he’s running for Congress and promotes his conservative views and state-budgeting experience in a 30-second introductory spot.

Another focuses on World War II vets who oppose Obama.

More directly related to Sanford’s prospects, former state Sen. John Kuhn is running a 30-second ad that could stand in as a PSA for marital fidelity.  In it, Kuhn proclaims his “personal responsibility, faith in God, devotion to my family” and informs viewers that “I married my college sweetheart” while the words “committed to family” flash on screen.

Sanford didn’t need to begin airing TV ads before anyone else – voters already know who he is – but he’s not the only one who can make a splash on TV or sustain a media campaign in this crowded race.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Friday
Jan112013

Report: Mark Sanford Staging a Comeback with House Run

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Second chances do exist in politics, and Mark Sanford might just try his hand.

According to The Weekly Standard, the disgraced former governor of South Carolina will run for Congress. South Carolina will stage a special election in May to replace Senate fill-in Rep. Tim Scott, who was plucked from the lower chamber by Gov. Nikki Haley to replace Sen. Jim DeMint, who left to run the Heritage Foundation.

The main event for this deep red district will be the March 19 primary. The Weekly Standard’s Michael Warren writes:

Mark Sanford, the former governor of South Carolina, will run for the House of Representatives, sources close to Sanford confirm. …

Sanford, a Republican who held the House seat himself from 1995 to 2001, will announce his intention to run early next week, ahead of the Jan. 18 filing deadline.


Jenny Sanford, the former governor’s ex-wife, on whom he famously cheated with a journalist in Argentina while claiming to be hiking the Appalachian Trail, has been rumored to be interested in running for the seat herself – along with a handful of area Republican politicians considered as likely or semi-likely to jump in.

The 1st District special election will be the first federal race after November 2012, and, as such, it may draw outsized interest from analysts and political obsessives seeking a referendum on the future direction of the Republican Party after its 2012 losses. But with Sanford in the race, it could be more of a character-driven soap opera than a reflection of a political moment.

Coypright 2013 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Dec182012

SC Governor Names Tim Scott to Replace Jim DeMint in Senate

Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Rep. Tim Scott will be the first African American senator from the South since Reconstruction, following South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley's announcement on Monday.

Haley named Scott, a Tea Party Republican congressman from the state, to replace Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., in a press conference just after noon on Monday.  Scott will also be the only black in the Senate.

Tea Party leader DeMint is stepping down to head the conservative think tank The Heritage Foundation.

"He earned this seat for what I know he's going to do in making South Carolina and making our country proud," Gov. Haley said of Scott's appointment.

South Carolina Republicans predicted Scott would get the seat since DeMint announced his resignation less than two weeks ago.

DeMint called Scott "a great choice for South Carolina and the nation," in a statement released Monday.  Tea Party group FreedomWorks also had praise for Gov. Haley's decision.

"We are confident that Tim Scott will be a leading voice to advance the principles of individual freedom and limited-government, and he will be an excellent addition to a growing caucus of fiscal conservatives in the Senate," FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe said on Monday.

In accepting Haley's nomination, Scott reflected on his childhood growing up in a single-parent household with a "mom who believed that sometimes love has to come at the end of a switch."

"And she loved me a lot," Scott laughed.

He said at this time, the nation is faced with some tough decisions and "needs some backbone."

"I look forward to pressing the flesh on economic development issues, having the opportunity to work on making sure that our economy in this state continues to hum like an engine and get on the team with Nikki Haley to make sure that all of America continues to hear the great things about South Carolina," Scott said.

Scott was the first black Republican in Congress since 2003 when he was first elected in November 2010 and the first black Republican from the South since 1901.

Scott will be the fifth black Senator since Reconstruction when he takes his seat.  The four others include Sen. Edward Brooke, R-Mass., who served from 1967 to 1979 and is the only other black Republican to join the Senate since Reconstruction; Sen. Carol Moseley-Braun, D-Ill., who served as the first black woman Senator from 1993-1999; then-Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., who was the first black male Democrat to join the Senate and served from 2005 until his resignation in 2008; and Sen. Roland Burris, D-Ill., appointed to President Obama's seat in 2009.

Monday's announcement makes him the first African American Southerner to take a seat in the Senate after the post-Civil War Reconstruction era.

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Monday
Dec102012

Automated Poll Says Colbert, Tim Scott Favorites for South Carolina Senate Seat

Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Rep. Tim Scott tops the list of candidates Republicans expect to see in South Carolina’s Senate seat this spring, but at least one poll found voters holding out hope for a wholly different personality.

Automated phone pollster Public Policy Polling released a poll Monday saying comedian Stephen Colbert is South Carolina’s favorite to take Jim DeMint’s seat in the Senate.

Rumors about Colbert’s candidacy for the spot circulated last week when a Twitter account with the handle @ColbertforSC cropped up, amassing more than 3,000 followers in its first day of existence.

On his show Thursday, Colbert added fuel to the fire by suggesting fans tweet to Republican Gov. Nikki Haley, telling her why Colbert should be South Carolina’s next senator.

But @ColbertforSC, which says it is not affiliated with the comedian or his show on its website, fell silent over the weekend, without explanation.

Perhaps it’s because Haley put what would seem to be an end to the comedian’s campaign Friday with a post on Facebook, declaring Colbert made a “big, big mistake” when he forgot South Carolina’s state drink while interviewing on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report.”

But soon after Monday’s poll was released, @ColbertforSC started up again.

Next behind Colbert in the poll was Rep. Tim Scott, R-S.C., the man who South Carolina Republican sources say is a favorite among the people of the state.  ABC News reported Scott was most likely to take fellow Tea Party Republican DeMint’s spot after DeMint announced he was leaving the Senate to lead conservative think tank the Heritage Foundation.

Scott would be a unique pick for South Carolina, because he would be the first African-American senator from the Southern state, appointed by an Indian-American governor, no less.

South Carolinian newspaper The State suggested Reps. Mick Mulvaney and Trey Gowdy might also have a shot at the seat. They received five percent and 12 percent of voters polled respectively in the PPP survey. Another well-known name on that list was Mark Sanford -- the former S.C. governor who lied about hiking the Appalachian trail to visit his extramarital lover in Argentina. His wife, Jenny Sanford, was on the list, too, and beat her husband among South Carolinians polled.

But ultimately, the choice will be up to Haley, and she’s not ready to throw it away.

“As I continue to consider the impending Senate vacancy, many have discussed the possibility of a ‘placeholder’ appointee who would pledge to serve for only two years and not seek election to the seat in 2014,” Haley wrote in a statement released Monday. “While there are some good arguments in favor of that approach, I believe the better case is against it.”

The South Carolinian governor said she wanted a senator who would, “work hard day in and day out,” without worrying about an approaching election.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Friday
Dec072012

Nikki Haley Shoots Down Stephen Colbert for Senate

Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post via Getty Images(COLUMBIA, S.C.) -- South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley may have brought Stephen Colbert’s Senate candidacy to a halt with the click of a button.

Rumors that the comedian was seeking the Senate spot left open by Sen. Jim DeMint’s departure circulated Thursday, after a Twitter account with the handle @ColbertforSC cropped up. Within a day, the account had more than 3,000 followers.

Just after noon on Friday, Gov. Haley made a post on Facebook that left little hope for Colbert.

“Stephen, thank you for your interest in South Carolina’s U.S. Senate seat and for the thousands of tweets you and your fans sent me. But you forget one thing, my friend. You didn’t know our state drink. Big, big mistake,” Haley wrote, linking to a clip of her appearance on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report,” in which Colbert forgot the state drink was milk.

Many in the Twitterverse were excited about a possible Senator Colbert. Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean even tweeted his endorsement.

But the authenticity of the Colbert account was questionable. The Twitter bio linked to a site that said it was not affiliated with Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert. And Colbert’s spokespeople never outright owned up to creating it.

“Now folks, I’m not going to sit here and say, I should be South Carolina’s next senator,” Colbert told his audience on “The Colbert Report” Thursday night. “Not when so many other people are saying it for me.”

Colbert encouraged viewers to tweet the South Carolina governor reasons she should appoint him to the U.S. Senate. Many did just that, even after the governor posted her Facebook denial.

“Hey @nikkihaley to be fair milk is super boring -- moonshine would probably be more apropos for S Carolina,” @JasonKerepesi tweeted Friday afternoon. “Appoint Stephen!!”

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Friday
Dec072012

Stephen Colbert Hints at South Carolina Senate Run

Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Is Stephen Colbert seeking Jim DeMint’s Senate seat in South Carolina?

You might think so looking at the @ColbertForSC Twitter account, created Thursday, shortly after DeMint announced his intent to resign and take a position at the Heritage Foundation.

The Twitter account featured a photo of the comedian saluting on a background of an American flag.  Its first tweets Thursday were all facts about the state, including the state butterfly and state horse.

The tone matched Colbert’s usual snark, entitlement and knack for referencing hilarious moments in political history.

“Nation!” @ColbertForSC tweeted.  “I want to get this out of the way early.  I’m not a witch.  I’m you.  We clear, people?”

But in the Twitter bio, it linked to colbertforsenate.com, a website that said it was a draft petition “not affiliated with Stephen Colbert.”

A Colbert candidacy might not be as far-fetched as it seems.

“Stephen is honored by the groundswell of support from the Palmetto State and looks forward to [South Carolina] Gov. Haley’s call,” Colbert spokesperson Carrie Byalick told ABC News.

Anyone hoping for a spot in the Senate representing South Carolina has to be a resident of the state.  Colbert is known to live with his wife and children in New Jersey, but both he and wife, Evelyn, hail from Charleston, S.C.  A house there is listed in the White Pages under his wife’s name with the qualifier, “Guest House.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Jun122012

What to Watch in Tuesday’s Voting Contests

Ethan Miller/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Voters take to the polls to cast their ballots in Arizona, Maine, Virginia, Nevada, North Dakota and South Carolina on Tuesday.  Residents of these respective states will decide on a series of contests including a special election, a crowded Republican Senate primary and a decision on whether to change a university nickname.

Here are the top four things to watch in Tuesday’s voting contests:

1.) Special Election in Arizona

The race to fill the seat left open by the retirement of former Rep. Gabby Giffords, who stepped down from Congress in January, takes place Tuesday in Arizona’s 8th congressional district.  Ron Barber, Giffords’ former district director, and Jesse Kelly, a former marine who also ran against Giffords in 2010, will face off in the Republican-leaning district.  Polling shows Barber in the lead but the race is far from certain.

2.) Senate Primaries in Maine

When Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe announced her decision to retire in February, the Senate map for Democrats briefly looked very exciting.  Maine is considered to be a relatively blue state, and the state boasted a deep bench of potential Democratic contenders.  But both parties were thrown for a loop when former Independent Gov. Angus King announced he would be jumping in the race.  With many assuming King would ultimately end up caucusing with the Democrats (King has so far refused to commit to either party), the more-well known Dems in the state opted not to enter the race, while Republicans continued to enter in droves.  Six Republicans and four Democrats are on the ballot Tuesday, with an interesting three-way race soon to follow.

3.) North Dakota’s Nickname Referendum

In North Dakota, turnout is expected to be driven by two ballot measures -- a referendum to ban property taxes in the state, and a referendum on whether to discontinue the University of North Dakota’s “Fighting Sioux” nickname.  The referendum -- known as Senate Bill 2370 -- asks voters to decide whether they would prefer to allow the university to discontinue the nickname or logo, or require the university to use said nickname and logo.  The school’s mascot has been under fire for some time, and the debate over retirement has been on-going.  Supporters of the measure argue that the nickname negatively affects the school’s athletics program (in addition, of course, to the argument that the nickname is offensive).  Polling indicates a majority of support for the measure.

If it passed, the nickname would not be changed until January, 2015 at the earliest, and it is not know what the new nickname and logo might be.  UND would join a relatively large group of universities who have retired Native American nicknames and mascots over the past several decades including Miami University, Seattle University and the College of William and Mary.

4.) Official Start of Close Key Senate Races in Virginia, Nevada and North Dakota

What do Virginia, Nevada and North Dakota have in common?  They’re all states with closely-watched, tightly contested Senate races this fall.  With Democrats holding onto the narrow majority in the Senate, Republicans are hoping to potentially pick-up seats in Virginia and North Dakota, while Democrats are hoping to pick one up in Nevada.

The candidates in these races are already virtually known (barring any surprise upsets).  In Virginia, Democrat Tim Kaine is running unopposed, and Republican George Allen is the clear front-runner in the GOP field.  In Nevada, Rep. Shelley Berkley is expected to officially claim the Democratic nomination, while Sen. Dean Heller will, in all likelihood, officially win the Republican nod.  And in North Dakota, former Attorney General Heidi Heitkamp is running unopposed for the Democratic nomination and Rep. Rick Berg is considered the likely GOP nominee.

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Wednesday
May232012

Nikki Haley Capitalizes from Piñata Smashing

Chris Keane/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Republicans are trying to capitalize off a recent video featuring a South Carolina AFL-CIO leader bashing a piñata bearing the face of South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.

Haley sent out a donation request via Twitter, calling on people to stand with her against what she calls “bullying” from union leaders.

“Stand with me and help fight back now against the bullying of Liberal unions. Donate here,” Haley tweeted along with a link to a fundraising page featuring the video.

And the Republican Governors Association released a one minute video called “Does President Obama Condone This?” linking Obama to the incident.  The video features a clip of President Obama from March when he condemned the controversial comments Rush Limbaugh made about Sandra Fluke, a Georgetown law student and contraception activist, inter-spliced with footage of the piñata smashing incident.

“I thought about Malia and Sasha and one of the things I want them to do as they get older is to engage in issues they care about…and I don’t want them attacked,” the clip shows President Obama saying, followed by video of Donna Dewitt, the outgoing S.C.  AFL-CIO president, wailing away at the piñata as someone shouts, “Wait till her face comes around and whack her.”

“Or called horrible names because they’re being good citizens,” the clip of Obama continues. “Being a part of a democracy involves argument and disagreements and debate and we want you to be engaged and there’s a way to do it that doesn’t involve you being demeaned and insulted.”

The video ends with the phrase “Does President Obama condone this kind of behavior from union bosses?” emblazoned across the screen as Dewitt continues to pound the Haley piñata.

Dewitt told ABC News Tuesday that there was “no ill intent” behind the incident.

“We’ve been the brunt of her comments now for two years and that’s what the whole thing was.  She’s been whacking at us over the last two years,” Dewitt, who has been president of the South Carolina AFL-CIO for the past 16 years and will retire at the end of June, continued. “Anyone that knows me knows there was no ill intent at all.  Our folks don’t go to speeches with guns and things like that.  We have very loving people in our unions who will take up money for people or a vet.  We just heard these comments by the governor for over the two years.  They were using a memoir of the last two years I’ve lived under her leadership.”

“Kids use piñatas all the time,” she added.

The piñata bashing incident occurred on Saturday during a state AFL-CIO staff retreat in Columbia, S.C.  The video was posted on Sunday but circulated widely on Tuesday.

An AFL-CIO official denounced the actions in the video Tuesday.

“By now many of you have seen the video of the outgoing president of the South Carolina AFL-CIO. While it was meant as fun, there is absolutely no place for that kind of joke in a conversation that is extremely serious about how to rebuild our middle class and our country. There’s plenty to talk about in Gov. Haley’s awful record. We do not believe that’s an appropriate joke — working people deserve a better conversation,” Alison Omens, director of media outreach at AFL-CIO, said in an e-mail.

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Tuesday
May222012

South Carolina AFL-CIO Leader Bashes Nikki Haley Pinata

Chris Keane/Getty Images(COLUMBIA, S.C.) -- A video has surfaced showing Donna Dewitt, the outgoing president of the South Carolina AFL-CIO, bashing a piñata of South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley’s face while Dewitt and her colleagues were at a retreat in Columbia, S.C. Saturday afternoon.

“Well I will say, she looks like a tough old girl here,” Dewitt says as she gears up to swing at the piñata.

She repeatedly hits the piñata, which bears the phrase “Unions are not needed, wanted or welcome in South Carolina” below Haley’s face.  In her State of the State address this year, Haley said, “We’ll make the unions understand full well that they are not needed, not wanted and not welcome in the state of South Carolina.” Dewitt whacks the piñata down and continues to wail away at it once it’s fallen. Onlookers cheer her on, urging her to continue hitting the piñata.

“Give her another whack. Whack her again,” a woman screams.

“Hit her again,” another man says.

Dewitt told ABC News she has no regrets about the incident and said there was “no ill intent” in what she was doing.  Dewitt said her colleagues brought the piñata and were using it as a “memoir” of Haley’s words and actions towards unions in her time as governor.

“They made it and I would have played the game with them no matter it would have been pin the tail on the donkey with Nikki Haley’s face on it.  I still would have played,” Dewitt told ABC News over the phone.  "There was no ill intent....I’m not mad or angry.”

“We’ve been the brunt of her comments now for two years and that’s what the whole thing was.  She’s been whacking at us over the last two years,” Dewitt, who has been president of the South Carolina AFL-CIO for the past 16 years and will retire at the end of June, continued. “Anyone that knows me knows there was no ill intent at all.  Our folks don’t go to speeches with guns and things like that.  We have very loving people in our unions who will take up money for people or a vet.  We just heard these comments by the governor for over the two years.  They were using a memoir of the last two years I’ve lived under her leadership.”

“Kids use piñatas all the time,” she added.

Nikki Haley even reacted to the video, tweeting the link and this message: “Wow. I wonder if the unions think this kind of thing will make people take them seriously. Check this out.”

“There is no place for that in civil public discourse, and that video no more represents the people of South Carolina than union bosses represent our workers,” Rob Godfrey, spokesman for Haley, said in an email.

Rick Wiley, political director for the RNC, reacted to the video by tweeting back to Haley as he called the group “a pathetic bunch.”

Alison Omens, director of media outreach at AFL-CIO, emailed this comment on Dewitt’s actions: "By now many of you have seen the video of the outgoing president of the South Carolina AFL-CIO. While it was meant as fun, there is absolutely no place for that kind of joke in a conversation that is extremely serious about how to rebuild our middle class and our country. There’s plenty to talk about in Gov. Haley’s awful record. We do not believe that’s an appropriate joke -- working people deserve a better conversation.”

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