CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Republican candidate for governor Nikki Haley spoke to a gathering of The Citadel Republican Club on campus Friday.
Haley spoke to cadets for about 20 minutes before taking questions from the students. Haley told cadets about her upbringing and where she sees South Carolina going in the future.
"I met with executives of Boeing a couple of weeks ago, and I asked them, 'How many of your contracts are you going to use South Carolina businesses for?' And they said 91%," Haley told cadets. "That's phenomenal. When large companies come in and use our businesses, that puts our people to work. That's allowing us to grow. That's what we need to focus on again."
Haley said the federal government has lost control and people will look to their states and their governors to guide pro-business policy. The candidate told cadets she plans to strengthen technical colleges to make sure South Carolina can provide skilled workers for companies doing business in the state.
In response to how she sees the federal government going, Haley said she will work with other governors to stand up for states' rights. "So what you're going to se me do is not just manage South Carolina, not just get our fiscal house back in order, but also get a coalition of governors where I say we represent these states and we represent the people in these states," said Haley.
That coalition could work to incentivize businesses to provide health care according to Haley. In her opinion, that would be better than mandating health care, a move that would cost South Carolina about $1 billion per year.