With her endorsement very much in play, Gov. Nikki Haley recently told The Associated Press what she was looking for from her potential GOP primary dates. Specifically, she wants a little help challenging the pro-union forces who want to scuttle Boeing's major Dreamliner facility here in Charleston. Actually, she wants a lot of help.
"I don't want just an answer of, 'Yes, we think it's a concern.' I want an answer of what are you going to do about it?" she continued. "How are you going to stand up for these companies? How are you going to stand up against the unions?"
Tim Pawlenty sees an opening for Haley's endorsement. The governor endorsed Mitt Romney last time, but he appears ready to ignore the Palmetto State. (The campaign's talking point will be something along the lines of "We finished second (or third) in S.C. and we didn't even campaign in the state!")
So, Just days after Haley's comments (and a week before the two will be meeting in Greenville) Pawlenty said exactly what Haley wanted to hear.
"Last week, the Obama administration filed a lawsuit to prevent a company, Boeing, from creating new jobs in one state rather than another. This is another outrageous overreach by the federal government," Pawlenty wrote. "Not only do we now have a law forcing people to buy a good or service (i.e., healthcare), the federal government is now dictating where companies can and can’t do business!"