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Bachmann’s S.C. trip includes overnight stay at governor’s mansion

Jul 19, 2011 2:33:00 PM - thestate.com
Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann’s trip to South Carolina included an overnight stay in the Governor’s Mansion as she tries to woo endorsements from key state Republicans to boost her standing in the Palmetto State.

“I am so impressed with the governor you have put into that office, and I’m extremely proud of her,” Bachmann told a gathering sponsored by the S.C. Christian Chamber of Commerce. “And, last night, as we had our conversation together, she expressed some of your heart that you shared with me, and that’s the idea to lift this state up not necessarily by looking at the public treasury, by what can we do out of our own hearts, out of our own minds and how can we solve so many of our problems with our own hands and our own feet.”

Gov. Nikki Haley said she has invited all of the GOP presidential candidates to stay at the Governor’s Mansion, but Bachmann was the first to accept her offer. Haley said she is not close to endorsing any candidate, saying she wants to give voters time to decide for themselves.

“We came in, we sat down we talked. I told her to relax. She was ‘off.’ When you’re campaigning you are ‘on,’ ” Haley said, speaking to reporters after a meeting Tuesday morning of her cabinet. “We sat down, and we had a great conversation. We talked about her kids. My kids came in and met her. Michael was there. We sat in the study, and we just talked for a couple of hours and after that it was done.

“We didn’t talk politics,” Haley said. “I know a lot of people think that, but what I know is as a candidate you are exhausted at the end of the day. The last thing they want to do is talk about it. We talked about South Carolina and just how great our state is, and it was a very casual, comfortable conversation.”

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