Nikki Haley’s 2012 Endorsement of RINO Mitt Romney Didn’t Help — Newt Gingrich Won South Carolina By Over 12%
Just last month, only one day after criticizing Republicans in her infamous response to the Obama State of the Union speech, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley explained that it wasn’t just Donald Trump with whom she has disagreements. Haley explained that she doesn’t agree on every issue with the candidate she endorsed yesterday, Florida Senator Marco Rubio .
But the issue Nikki Haley gave as an example of disagreement with Marco Rubio may come back to bite him in a big way because it just happens to be the issue that hurts him the most — amnesty.
“I have disagreements with other presidential candidates,” said Haley last month. “You know, Jeb Bush passed Common Core, Marco Rubio believes in amnesty, which I don’t,” she explained.
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Both Haley and Rubio would have never been elected without the help of the pro-liberty, pro-Constitution Tea Party movement, and both have been major disappointments to the very people who got them elected — the grassroots — the base of the Republican Party.
With Rubio, it has been, among other things, his lifelong support of amnesty for illegal aliens, including but not limited to his leadership in the Gang of Eight and authorship of the Schumer-Rubio amnesty legislation that was thankfully stopped by Ted Cruz , Jeff Sessions , Steve King , and others of courage.
Considering Rubio campaigned to stop amnesty, not support it, Christian conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly was led to say about Rubio:
“Once he got elected, he betrayed us all.”He said he was against amnesty and against the establishment. And once he got in, right away, he became an agent of the establishment. And now, of course, he’s big for amnesty and letting all the illegal immigrants in. He betrayed us a number of times on that issue.”
Schlafly went on to call Rubio a “lackey for the establishment now.”
Former Tea Party darling Nikki Haley’s betrayal to the Tea Party began equally as swift, with charges of being a crony capitalist, offering big businesses sweet taxpayer-funded deals in order to entice them to move to South Carolina.
Tea Party conservatives were shocked that Haley used her 15-minutes of fame in the Republican response to Obama’s State of the Union to not attack Obama, the worst president in the history of the United States, but instead slammed the “angry voices” within the Republican Party, in other words, those candidates who are standing up to the GOP establishment.
“A lot of people aren’t pleased,” said John Steinberger, a “fair tax” activist from Charleston. “If you’re giving the State of the Union response, you should explain why you oppose the president’s policies instead of attacking fellow Republicans.”
But then there is Nikki Haley’s stunningly disappointing endorsement of RINO squish Mitt Romney, the founding father of socialized medicine in America with his “Romneycare” debacle, over more conservative candidates like Newt Gingrich in 2012.
While it remains to be seen whether Haley’s endorsement of Rubio will help or hurt him, one thing is clear — her endorsement of Romney did not help him in 2012. In fact, it may have hurt him.
As you can see from this NY Times graphic, the more conservative Gingrich soared to victory over Romney, 40.4% to 27.8%, a margin of over 12%.
There is no doubt that Marco Rubio has received the most high-profile, most sought after endorsements from top Republicans in the state, from Congressman Trey Gowdy to Senator Tim Scott, and now Nikki Haley. This puts Rubio in a must-win situation. If Rubio can’t win in this Republican-friendly state, where exactly can he win?