GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP/SCRN/WVOC) - Governor Nikki Haley is touting her jobs record and push against the federal government as she officially kicks off her re-election campaign.
Three other Republican governors joined Haley on stage at a rally in Greenville on Monday.
Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Texas Governor Rick Perry and Wisconsin's Scott Walker each spoke several minutes.
Haley says she invited them because they're three outspoken reformers in their states.
“What this means is a group of governors that I am huge fans of, that I consider friends, that we go and bounce things off of...have come to support me in the state of South Carolina," Haley said, “the same way I would support Bobby in Louisiana and Rick in Texas and...or Scott in Wisconsin.”
Perry said, “Let me say it is about a national effort and it's about blue states versus red states.” He told the crowd Haley has made the state very competitive in attracting jobs.
But several dozen Democrats protested the event, contending that the governors Haley brought in had failing policies in their states, and that she has also been lackluster in her first term in office.
They point to South Carolina's jobless rate still being worse than the national average, the highest college tuition rates in the South, the ethics investigations Haley went through, and the hacking of taxpayers' private information at the state Department of Revenue last year under Haley's watch.
Haley's announcement for re-election officially sets up the long-expected gubernatorial rematch between her and Democratic Kershaw County State Senator Vincent Sheheen.