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SC governor candidates take aim at each other

Sep 17, 2010 5:19:00 PM - thestate.com
The major party candidates for South Carolina governor took some shots at each other Friday as the race heated up with less than seven weeks left until election day.

Democrat Vincent Sheheen told a group of biotechnology executives in Greenville that a governor must follow certain rules, like paying taxes on time - an obvious shot at Republican opponent Nikki Haley. The Associated Press reported earlier this month that Haley's family business has been penalized three times since 2003 for failing to pay taxes on time.

"My pledge to you is not to embarrass you," Sheheen said. "To do the basic civic obligations you should expect of your leaders, like paying taxes."

Speaking before the same group an hour later, Haley wrapped up her remarks reminding the audience Sheheen was a trial lawyer.

"If you think we're going to get any economic development or companies coming here from someone who makes a living suing companies, it's not going to happen," Haley said.