Gov. Nikki Haley: I’m a woman, and I’ll be talking to Americans

posted at 7:31 pm on August 28, 2012 by Mary Katharine Ham

Gov. Nikki Haley notes she’s a woman and a minority with a nonchalant smile that says “moving on from the obvious” before she dives into economic successes in her home state of South Carolina. When she delivers her speech to the Republican National Convention tonight, it won’t be for a specific demographic.

“My audience is America. My audience is everyone,” she said, speaking to HotAir.com in a press scrum Tuesday.

Her pitch is a common refrain among Republicans, averse to carving the electorate up into mere entities of identity politics but aware the very nature of politics sometimes demands that kind of carving. There is no doubt the women on the podium tonight in Tampa are there in part to telegraph the GOP is a comfortable place for strong women, but it is different from the naked identity-politics appeal of Democrats. Her identity is important as a passport to being heard on an economic message. I am a wife and mother, and I’ve been where you are. Let’s talk about how to make it better.

Haley was asked repeatedly about abortion during this brief encounter with the press. Her response:

“What I want you to know is that women are not one-issue voters,” she said. “We care about the economy. We know someone who’s lost a job. We care about health care and what it means for our children. We care about the deficit and about whether our children are going to have to pay for it. I know women who are pro-choice in the Republican Party. I know women who are pro-life in the Democratic Party. Women, in general, look at the whole picture. They decide what’s best for their families in both the short term and the long term. They’re very thoughtful, and these issues that you fellas keep talking about and the Dems keep talking about is just not where women are.”

Former Alabama Democratic Rep. Artur Davis, also a minority, had a similar message:

“While my leaving the party has gotten attention for predictable reasons — a former Obama supporter, African-American elected official and all that — the reality is that according to Gallup, 9 percent of Obama supporters do not plan to vote for Barack Obama. He got 70 million votes. That translates, even by my math, into 6.3 million people,” Davis said.

Logical, and on target. Davis, the son of a single mother, who grew up Montgomery, Ala., and graduated from Harvard Law School two years after President Barack Obama, is also not one much for emotion, or at least any observable displays of it.

“Mitt Romney can win this election simply on the votes of disaffected Obama supporters,” said Davis, his hair shaped in a vague flat top. “That makes them a very pivotal strategic group … It’s important I think to talk about why they’ve moved, what set of forces and what set of issues have caused them to move. That’s obviously going to be the cast of what my remarks will be.”

Expect more of the same appeal from Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, Saratoga Springs Mayor and congressional candidate Mia Love, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, First Lady of Puerto Rico Mrs. Luce’ Vela Fortuño, and Ann Romney.

The prevailing narrative says that, by not talking solely about women’s issues and daring to waver from the liberal line on the paternalistic power of the federal government, these women don’t pay the proper respect to their groups. The irony, of course, is that treating women as more than a monolith to be bought off with benefits is exactly what respect is all about.

Again, the full schedule for tonight. Here we go!


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fugetaboutit niki your toast. in more important news, Palin on the Mark Levin Show decries the mitts dirty behind the scenes power grab.

“Power grab by the elite”

renalin on August 28, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Dear Nikki,

You couldn’t carry your own state for Mitt.

Signed,

The World

Dack Thrombosis on August 28, 2012 at 7:40 PM

“power grab by the MACHINE”

rage against the machine. may i start the jukebox. the people need freedom http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqcM5lVoteQ

Palin 2016

renalin on August 28, 2012 at 7:41 PM

What if they waged a war on women, and nobody came?

John the Libertarian on August 28, 2012 at 7:42 PM

OK, I want put Nikki and a pink vagina in the same sentence….oh woops..

hillsoftx on August 28, 2012 at 7:42 PM

I would fall off the couch if Barackabama was ever asked if the democrats are going to change their “tone”.

Gag.

SouthernGent on August 28, 2012 at 7:43 PM

high powered consultants (she didn’t need to say it, but i know she meant mitt) consultants there for a season not a reason.

renalin on August 28, 2012 at 7:43 PM

I think its wonderful that the GOP doesn’t limit women to speaking only ‘to’ women on issues deemed by some to be ‘women’s issues’.

Every issue that effects this nation is a ‘woman’s issues’.

I wonder when the Democrats will get around to some gender equality and start addressing what they, no doubt, would consider a ‘man’s issue’. Something like free viagra and prostate exams, for instance, to reach parity with their drive for free contraceptives and ‘reproductive care’ for women.

thatsafactjack on August 28, 2012 at 7:44 PM

..you know, if VPOTUS FLATLINE had his way, this Indian woman and the Indian governator of LA would be owners/operators of convenience stores in Maryland.

Oh, and, by the way, I don’t mean the Indians with high cheekbones and 1/32nd Redskin heritage. (They would probably be Raven fans.)

The War Planner on August 28, 2012 at 7:46 PM

Can someone explain W.T.F this renalin and dack are spewing?

major dad on August 28, 2012 at 7:46 PM

Wow, after seeing Mia Love speak at the RNC, all I can say is, our first black, female president will be a powerful force.

the new aesthetic on August 28, 2012 at 7:46 PM

Gov. Nikki Haley: I’m a woman

Well glad that’s been cleared up! ;0

Her pitch is a common refrain among Republicans, averse to carving the electorate up into mere entities of identity politics but aware the very nature of politics sometimes demands that kind of carving.

Well does not the fact that there are 800,000 jobless women among the unemployed make jobs a “woman’s issue?”

Do not women care about the future of their children? Wouldn’t that make the generational theft engendered by the massive deficit a “woman’s issue?”

Do not women care about keeping their families and communities safe? Wouldn’t that make national security a woman’s issue?

BOTTOM LINE- The left wants to reduce females to their reproductive organs and the “right” to free stuff to protect it from having to procreate. IMO the Governor is striking just the right theme.

Happy Nomad on August 28, 2012 at 7:47 PM

The GOP is streaming the convention at YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?&v=EuXqpK6Awmo#!

whatcat on August 28, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Gov. Nikki Haley: I’m a woman

…if not…we are all going to want to talk to your husband!

KOOLAID2 on August 28, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Well, it’s better than being a Scam Man! Watch The Anti-Obama Song!

bloggless on August 28, 2012 at 7:51 PM

So wuminzzes are not just vayjayjays ? We are something more than that ?
Oh man !!

burrata on August 28, 2012 at 7:52 PM

Haley’s comet has got to hammer the lying JackAss in Chief , ala Sarah be thy name Palin, BUT EVEN HARDER- call him out for the divisive politician that he is !

They will be do even worse at their convention- those low life demoncrites.

FlaMurph on August 28, 2012 at 7:53 PM

I think its wonderful that the GOP doesn’t limit women to speaking only ‘to’ women on issues deemed by some to be ‘women’s issues’.

Every issue that effects this nation is a ‘woman’s issues’.

I wonder when the Democrats will get around to some gender equality and start addressing what they, no doubt, would consider a ‘man’s issue’. Something like free viagra and prostate exams, for instance, to reach parity with their drive for free contraceptives and ‘reproductive care’ for women.

thatsafactjack on August 28, 2012 at 7:44 PM

Well said Jackster..I agree!
Every issue that effects this nation is a ‘woman’s issues’.

bazil9 on August 28, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Can someone explain W.T.F this renalin and dack are spewing?

major dad on August 28, 2012 at 7:46 PM

I have no idea.

Count to 10 on August 28, 2012 at 7:56 PM

Can someone explain W.T.F this renalin and dack are spewing?

major dad on August 28, 2012 at 7:46 PM

http://michellemalkin.com/2012/08/27/floor-fight-grass-roots-activists-battle-attempt-to-rig-gop-convention-delegate-rules/

the_nile on August 28, 2012 at 7:57 PM

So wuminzzes are not just vayjayjays ? We are something more than that ?
Oh man !!

burrata on August 28, 2012 at 7:52 PM

You have more patience then men and look better nekkid. :)

arnold ziffel on August 28, 2012 at 7:58 PM

It’ll never happen, but when the MSM asks a question about Women’s issues, someone would respond, “You know, we don’t have an accused rapist and sexual harasser speaking at our convention.”

I can dream..

LouisianaLightning on August 28, 2012 at 7:58 PM

Wow, after seeing Mia Love speak at the RNC, all I can say is, our first black, female president will be a powerful force.

the new aesthetic on August 28, 2012 at 7:46

Funnnily enough, my wife said the exact same thing. I haven’t seen Mia speaking though…

jimver on August 28, 2012 at 7:59 PM

I replied to you comment 2 times Thatsafactjackie..moderated both times..no idea why.

bazil9 on August 28, 2012 at 7:59 PM

Can someone explain W.T.F this renalin and dack are spewing?

major dad on August 28, 2012 at 7:46 PM

The fantasy of Palin 2016 or is it Palin 2020….Palin 2040?

bayview on August 28, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Wow, after seeing Mia Love speak at the RNC, all I can say is, our first black, female president will be a powerful force.

the new aesthetic on August 28, 2012 at 7:46

Funnnily enough, my wife said the exact same thing. I haven’t seen Mia speaking though…

jimver on August 28, 2012 at 7:59 PM

Mia Love is fantastic, very powerful. She sparkles.

They have terrific speakers especially the women.

Isn’t is odd they don’t look unhappy, oppressed and angry? They’re talking about the big issues with clarity and intelligence, and not one of them is harping about birth control, abortion or their vayjays.

Cody1991 on August 28, 2012 at 8:09 PM

bazil9 on August 28, 2012 at 7:59 PM

My comment went into moderation for several minutes, B9.

Not sure why. Probably using the name of the drug that men take or discussing that examination that they get they get that women don’t… if you take my meaning.

I just want to see the Democrats have the nerve to get some male congressman up there and say outright he’s going to discuss ‘men’s issues’. :)

thatsafactjack on August 28, 2012 at 8:11 PM

The fantasy of Palin 2016 or is it Palin 2020….Palin 2040?

bayview on August 28, 2012 at 8:00 PM

She needs to prove that she can win an election again before she could possibly be nominated in the GOP. No matter how unfair she is damaged goods. Wining office would fix that or prove the damage is not fixable.

Steveangell on August 28, 2012 at 8:16 PM

I just want to see the Democrats have the nerve to get some male congressman up there and say outright he’s going to discuss ‘men’s issues’. :)

thatsafactjack on August 28, 2012 at 8:11 PM

… would Joe Biden work?

KOOLAID2 on August 28, 2012 at 8:17 PM

She certainly beats the crap out of “Moan of Arc”

~~~~~~~ or ~~~~~~~

Sandra Fluke hardest hit.

hillbillyjim on August 28, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Meanwhile this is the first time hearing Kelly Ayotte speak…. big old meh. So much happier we have Paul Ryan.

Gingotts on August 28, 2012 at 8:19 PM

Can someone explain W.T.F this renalin and dack are spewing?

major dad on August 28, 2012 at 7:46 PM

Ron Paul ‘back of the bus’ Rage and ButtHurt.

BigWyo on August 28, 2012 at 8:19 PM

My comment went into moderation for several minutes, B9.

Not sure why. Probably using the name of the drug that men take or discussing that examination that they get they get that women don’t… if you take my meaning.

I just want to see the Democrats have the nerve to get some male congressman up there and say outright he’s going to discuss ‘men’s issues’. :)

thatsafactjack on August 28, 2012 at 8:11 PM

The pharmaceutical brand names will get caught in the spam filter every time, for good reason. Too many spambots out there.

hillbillyjim on August 28, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Does anyone happen to know what time (CST) Ted Cruz is slotted to speak?

TxAnn56 on August 28, 2012 at 8:20 PM

renalin on August 28, 2012 at 7:41 PM

If you think music by a bunch of militant Leninists has anything to do with freedom you’re terminally stoopid.

single stack on August 28, 2012 at 8:21 PM

The pharmaceutical brand names will get caught in the spam filter every time, for good reason. Too many spambots out there.

hillbillyjim on August 28, 2012 at 8:20 PM

I used the real spelling of Zanex once and my comment never went through.

TxAnn56 on August 28, 2012 at 8:23 PM

Wow, after seeing Mia Love speak at the RNC, all I can say is, our first black, female president will be a powerful force.

the new aesthetic on August 28, 2012 at 7:46

Funnnily enough, my wife said the exact same thing. I haven’t seen Mia speaking though…

jimver on August 28, 2012 at 7:59 PM

Mia Love is fantastic, very powerful. She sparkles.

They have terrific speakers especially the women.

Isn’t is odd they don’t look unhappy, oppressed and angry? They’re talking about the big issues with clarity and intelligence, and not one of them is harping about birth control, abortion or their vayjays.

Cody1991 on August 28, 2012 at 8:09 PM

This is racist.

How Mia Love speaks has nothing to do with any other person. I am glad she speaks well. But she represents only herself. She is proof that the Republicans do have values that she supports. But she speaks for herself. If she is speaking because of her color that is just plain wrong.

You are racist if you see color and think it means anything. I do not see anything but a fellow Republican.

Steveangell on August 28, 2012 at 8:23 PM

Can someone explain W.T.F this renalin and dack are spewing?

major dad on August 28, 2012 at 7:46 PM

There appears to be some controversy about the Republican party rule changes. IMO this is an area of limited interest, impact and general appeal, but some are very passionate about it.

Well does not the fact that there are 800,000 jobless women among the unemployed make jobs a “woman’s issue?”

Do not women care about the future of their children? Wouldn’t that make the generational theft engendered by the massive deficit a “woman’s issue?”

BOTTOM LINE- The left wants to reduce females to their reproductive organs and the “right” to free stuff to protect it from having to procreate.

Happy Nomad on August 28, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Nice summary. They sure are women’s issues for this woman.

talkingpoints on August 28, 2012 at 8:24 PM

You have more patience then men and look better nekkid. :)

arnold ziffel on August 28, 2012 at 7:58 PM

and anyone who messes with our children’s future, we rip them a new one…so Hussein, get ready , stop hiding behind your dancing vayjayjays .

burrata on August 28, 2012 at 8:25 PM

KOOLAID2 on August 28, 2012 at 8:17 PM

LOL! PERFECT!

thatsafactjack on August 28, 2012 at 8:25 PM

… would Joe Biden work?

KOOLAID2 on August 28, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Joe Biden in dog collar and……… chains
mmmm..mmmm…mmmm

burrata on August 28, 2012 at 8:29 PM

you know, if VPOTUS FLATLINE had his way, this Indian woman and the Indian governator of LA would be owners/operators of convenience stores in Maryland.

Oh, and, by the way, I don’t mean the Indians with high cheekbones and 1/32nd Redskin heritage. (They would probably be Raven fans.)

Wtf is this. What does being Indian has to do with anything. Sick

vpaddy123 on August 28, 2012 at 9:00 PM

I do not see anything but a fellow Republican.

Steveangell on August 28, 2012 at 8:23 PM

WHAAA?…since when republicans are your ‘fellows’, you forgot you worship at obama’s failed altar…you infested this site numerous times with endless monologues making the argument that we should elect obama in 2012…so what happened to that, did you have an epiphany recently or what…

jimver on August 28, 2012 at 9:01 PM

There appears to be some controversy about the Republican party rule changes. IMO this is an area of limited interest, impact and general appeal, but some are very passionate about it.

talkingpoints on August 28, 2012 at 8:24 PM

Romney and the rest of the RINOs want to replace the Delegates that were chosen in the 50 States with delegates of their choosing. They want us to forget that the delegates represent the people in their areas. They want us to instead believe in a fantasy that they only represent nominee they are pledged to.

It is against the basic principal of representative government.

We vote for a delegate to represent us. We do this for several reasons the most basic being they understand the community we both live in. They instead want to give the nominee the power to choose a delegate that will only represent the nominee.

It would sort of be like eliminating the vote for House and Senate and just letting the President appoint all the House and Senate.

Steveangell on August 28, 2012 at 9:02 PM

jimver on August 28, 2012 at 9:01 PM

RINOs like you are a minority. Though you do have the majority of the money. Romney won because he had more money. Had money been even he would have had no chance. He won the nomination by vastly out spending the others. Unfortunately money can oft times buy an election.

Conservatives are a majority of the Republican Party. Why the Party has no exception for Rape and Incest.

Steveangell on August 28, 2012 at 9:06 PM

But she represents only herself. She is proof that the Republicans do have values that she supports. But she speaks for herself.

Steveangell on August 28, 2012 at 8:23 PM

you are a total moron, what on earth are you talking about, are you even aware that she is a republican candidate for congress, and also the mayor of saratoga springs, UT? so, that, idiot, basically means that she is representing people mostly, when she speaks, not herself…oh, and do you think she was invited at the most important Republican event this year to speak for herself??…wow, even someone with a tiny intellect like yours should be able to figure that out…

jimver on August 28, 2012 at 9:12 PM

Conservatives are a majority of the Republican Party.

Steveangell on August 28, 2012 at 9:06 PM

really> wow, the sky is blue :-)…but I wasn;t talking about cons, I was talking about you, you are neither (con or RINO that is), no conservative in their right mind ever argued in Obama’s favor, here or elsewhere, you did, numerous times on this site. so stop spinning and have the decency to admit that you have no business talking about what cons want or need. you are not one, period.

jimver on August 28, 2012 at 9:16 PM

RINOs like you are a minority. Though you do have the majority of the money. Romney won because he had more money.

Steveangell on August 28, 2012 at 9:06 PM

Is that you, John McCain? Romney won because the rest of the field was a joke. Santorum had a good head of steam on a shoestring budget but blew himself up pontificating about birth control for weeks on end while the economy burns. Newt had it going for a while but has more baggage than a skycap. Obama would have finished him off this summer. Get over yourself.

The Count on August 28, 2012 at 9:27 PM

It’s refreshing to have more strong women in the Republican corner, and we’re going to need them based on the left’s interpretation of the recent pro life policies. I may believe in life, but if we do not allow women to choose what they feel is right, then we lose all of them, not just half.

Regardless, I finally think we’re on the right path, with the right focus (economy, jobs, american excellence), and with some calm deliberation, will win this election and prove to all that we were right (pun intended) all along.

Symshady on August 28, 2012 at 9:49 PM

Newt had it going for a while but has more baggage than a skycap.

The Count on August 28, 2012 at 9:27 PM

Given the cost of taking baggage aboard a plane these days, that’s no longer a valid analogy.

bw222 on August 28, 2012 at 9:51 PM

I have retreated to the computer to try and get the words of Ann Romney out of my head. Her woman-hear-me-roar blather is making me sick.

Do we seriously have to compete with the imbecile Democraps for the minds of gender-victim twits? Please…

Jaibones on August 28, 2012 at 10:19 PM

What does being Indian has to do with anything. Sick

vpaddy123 on August 28, 2012 at 9:00 PM

I think you missed the sarcasm of someone mocking the idiot Vice President, Greasy Joe.

Jaibones on August 28, 2012 at 10:21 PM

I think Haley’s speech was one of the best in that she showed the soundness of free market principles as enacted in SC and nailed Obama for repeatedly getting in the way – with specifics! I’d guess that Haley will be a force to be reckoned with in the future.

Christian Conservative on August 29, 2012 at 12:57 AM

Gov. Haley got out a lot of info about what Prezzy Fair Share has done to her state and others when they are working hard to get the states out of debt and jobs brought in. Loved the part about having to use ID to buy Sudafed but not to vote.

Kissmygrits on August 29, 2012 at 10:28 AM