Gov. Nikki Haley told a gathering of Upstate Tea Party activists today that they need to be as active in the 2012 Republican presidential race as they were helping her win election last year.
Haley, a Lexington Republican and Tea Party favorite, got the biggest response when she said she would fight union bullying, a reference to a National Labor Relations Board complaint against Boeing's decision to build planes in Charleston and other issues.
"We believe in holding elected officials' hands to the fire," Haley said, adding: "Let's ask the tough questions. Let's get loud about it."
Haley repeated that the 2012 GOP candidates, in Greenville to debate tonight, should take a stance on the NLRB suit. She also said the candidates debating tonight should answer with specifics what they would do to address the issues before the United States, not just criticisms of Democratic President Barack Obama.