SC gov hopeful Bauer challenges Haley vote record

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer questioned state Rep. Nikki Haley's absence on votes at the Statehouse during a Republican Party gubernatorial debate.

On-the-record voting has been a central campaign theme for Haley. Bauer raised Haley's voting record Saturday at a Greenville County Republican Party debate.

The issue plays heavily this campaign. The first ads promoting Haley were on that issue from a group called ReformSC. It called her a leader for pushing on-the-record voting in the Statehouse.

Bauer noted Haley missed the vote when her signature legislation came up in the House.

Haley said she had to be at a speaking engagement and legislators acted on the bill faster than she expected.

U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett said ReformSC ads broke the law. He won a court order Wednesday that forced them off the air.

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