Sheheen points to stances on Medicaid, education

Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina Sen. Vincent Sheheen is taking jabs at Gov. Nikki Haley's election-year plans to improve education and calling her refusal to expand Medicaid eligibility foolish ideology.

The gubernatorial race rivals spoke separately Tuesday to a group of business leaders. Haley never referenced Sheheen, but the Democratic state senator criticized the Republican governor in a speech clearly meant to outline their differences.

Haley's proposed budget for 2014-15 includes an additional $177 million for K-12 education, focusing on poor, rural districts. Sheheen says the shift in her earlier stance is a political ploy.

Sheheen says Haley's refusal to expand Medicaid eligibility under the federal health care law shows a lack of leadership. Haley says Obamacare is an example of a federal government fix doing more harm than good.

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