​Nikki Haley Flag: SC Gov. Nikki Haley Aims Confederate Comment To CEOs

Author: Rob AdamsBy:
Staff Reporter
Oct. 17, 2014

Nikki Haley took her flag issue too a strange turn this week during the South Carolina Republican debate with her opponents.

Gov. Haley said the presence of a confederate flag on the statehouse is okay because not “a single CEO” has complained about it. The comment was made during a debate with gubernatorial candidate Democrat Vincent Sheheen, according to The Inquisitr. Haley recognized the subject as a “sensitive issue,” but rejected the idea of removing it.

“What I can tell you is over the last three and a half years, I spent a lot of my days on the phones with CEOs and recruiting jobs to this state … I can honestly say I have not had one conversation with a single CEO about the Confederate flag.”

Nikki Haley’s flag comment isn’t the only issue at the debate. While the South Carolina governor did admit her state has had race issues in the past, she discussed the progress they had made.

“But we really kind of fixed all that when you elected the first Indian-American female governor … When we appointed the first African-American U.S. senator, that sent a huge message.”

Independent libertarian candidate Steve French said that he believed in the concept of “individual liberty” when it came to the Confederate flag, according to Raw Story.

“So, if you want to paint your house in the Confederate flag, I am completely fine with that.”

According to data compiled by the Kaiser Family Foundation, 36 percent of black South Carolinians live below the poverty line — more than twice the 17 percent poverty rate for whites in the state.

The Confederate flag, dominated headlines during the 2000 Republican presidential primary in South Carolina, FITSNews notes. In April 2000, the State Senate voted 33-7 to remove the flag from the dome of the S.C. State House. As part of the compromise, though, a smaller version of the flag was raised behind a Confederate soldiers’ monument on the north lawn of the State House complex.

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