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Haley Praises Gillespie at PAC Event

Haley: “Ed Gillespie is going to bring you back.”

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Zach C. Cohen
May 18, 2016, 11:28 a.m.

South Car­o­lina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) “stopped in the Rich­mond area to lend her star power to” former RNC Chair Ed Gillespie (R) “at a policy for­um and fun­draisers for his “Let’s Grow, Vir­gin­ia!” polit­ic­al ac­tion com­mit­tee.”

Haley, at the event: —I’m ex­cited for Vir­gin­ia be­cause there is no place to go but up. … It’s sad to watch a sis­ter state go through this. … You de­serve bet­ter. Ed Gillespie is go­ing to bring you back. Not just bring you back but lift you up.” (Rich­mond Times-Dis­patch)

“Of Gillespie, she said: ‘I know he will be a jobs gov­ernor. I want an­oth­er com­pet­it­or. I’m a little bored.’” (Wash­ing­ton Post)

Gillespie and Haley “steered clear of cri­ti­ciz­ing pre­sumptive GOP pres­id­en­tial can­did­ate Don­ald Trump, who has faced strong op­pos­i­tion from some mem­bers of his party for barek­nuckle style and hard­line po­s­i­tions on im­mig­ra­tion and Muslims. Both Haley and Gillespie, speak­ing at an event in Rich­mond, said they sup­port Trump but also stressed the need to reach out to groups that have not tra­di­tion­ally voted for the GOP and do a bet­ter job of listen­ing to those groups’ con­cerns.” (AP)

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