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Haley asks Tea Party supporters to back voter IDs at polls

Apr 18, 2011 1:49:00 PM - thestate.com
Gov. Nikki Haley urged about 300 people at a tax day Tea Party rally today to ask their lawmakers to approve bills that would require voters to show a photo ID to cast a ballot and create a new state Department of Administration.

U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann -- a possible 2012 Republican presidential candidate -- also spoke, praising Haley's accomplishments and South Carolina's role leading the Tea Party movement.

Haley used last spring's Tea Party rally to launch her move from an also-ran in the GOP governor's primary to Republican winner.

Bachmann and Haley met privately prior to the Columbia TEA Party meeting. Haley said Bachmann did not ask for her endorsement, but that she urged Bachmann to travel the state and meet with S.C. voters.

Bachmann, of Minnesota, said she could make a decision on whether to run for president in June, adding she did not know if she will take part in a May GOP presidential debate in Greenville.

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