With South Carolina’s unemployment rate rising to 9.6% last month, you might think Gov. Nikki Haley would want to take some time off from campaigning for Mitt Romney and maybe, I dunno, do some job-creatin’ around here.
Nope! Fresh off her speech at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, “National Nikki” decided to crash the Democratic Convention this week and accuse President Barack Obama of not doing enough to rescue the foundering economy he inherited.
The theme of the press conference was “Obama isn’t working,” an obvious dog-whistle on the stereotype of the “lazy black guy.” Yes, U.S. Rep. Tim Scott was also in attendance — but that doesn’t make it any less race-baitey.
Haley, Scott and the other Romney surrogates in attendance made the argument that the economy hasn’t gotten better in the nearly four years since President Obama took office. Interestingly, Romney himself said back in January that “of course it’s getting better.”
Thanks to the Center for American Progress, we can show that the U.S. economy has gotten better during President Obama’s time in office. CAP released a report just this morning comparing several economic indicators during 2008 and 2012:
Meanwhile, back at the ranch…
South Carolina Democratic lawmakers who aren’t attending the DNC held a press conference Tuesday afternoon, asking the governor to come home and do her job. Standing outside Gov. Haley’s empty office, state representatives James Smith (D-Richland) and Mia Butler-Garrick (D-Richland) accused the governor of going on “junkets” to Tampa, Charlotte and Michigan to campaign for Romney and increase her own national profile — at the expense of everyday South Carolinians.
Rep. Smith answered Gov. Haley’s “are you better off” question with a question of his own: Can you think of any other full-time state employees who would be able to take two weeks of personal vacation time without being fired?
Watch video of Gov. Haley’s speech below: