Morning after analysis: Governor’s convention speech rousing but needed a few ‘buts’

Posted on August 29, 2012 by

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We’ve long expressed our distaste for hyperbole. Here’s one comment by South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley last night:

“Fortunately, these past few years, you can work hard, try to be as successful as possible, follow the rules. And President Barack Obama will do everything he can to stand in your way.”

Everything he can to prevent success? That’s way over the top.

She also voiced support for voter identification laws: 

“We said in South Carolina that if you have to show a picture i-d to buy a Sudafed, if you have to show a picture i-d to set foot on an airplane, then you  should have to show picture i-d to protect the one of the most valuable,  most sential (apparently intended to say essential),  sacred rights (unintelligible) blessed with in America, the right to vote.  And what happened, President Obama stopped this.”

In our view, voter i-d laws are fine, if they are passed well before an election.  We like a minimum of two years between passage and balloting. That should eliminate the issue of not enough time to get a card.  Since voting is such a critical right, changes should be done well in advance without any hint of unfairness.

Haley described what she said were accomplishments of Mitt Romney in Massachusetts. “He went into a Democratic state, cut taxes, brought in jobs and improved education. And by the way, he actually balanced his budget.”

Haley’s a little off on the economic record. We note first that it is law in almost all states that they have to balance their budgets. Fact-checking organizations deal with how he balanced his budget.

Check these links to Politifact and FactCheck.org:

http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2012/jun/11/mitt-romney/mitt-romney-says-massachusetts-unemployment-hit-47/

http://www.factcheck.org/2012/06/romneys-jobs-record-is-best-or-worst/

You may contact Gov. Haley at this link:

http://www.governor.sc.gov/Pages/SendMessage.aspx

Posted in: 2012 Election, ROMNEY