Nikki Haley, South Carolina, and the NLRB

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May 10 2011 3:34 PM

Nikki Haley, South Carolina, and the NLRB

After last week's GOP presidential debate, I asked South Carolina's Gov. Nikki Haley if she was satisfied by the two questions and two answers about the state's battle with the National Labor Relations Board.

"Yes, but I want to hear more," said Haley. "You know what we heard? They don't like it. What I want to know is what they would have done about it. That's what I challenge them on next: How would you have handled this situation had it been under your presidency. And tell me what we're going to do going forward to stop this bullying by the labor unions. It can't happen, it's not going to happen on South Carolina's watch, but what are we going to do to stop it across this country? They just started talking about it. It was great to see Tim Pawlenty put out a response out to it. It was great to see the candidates' answer to it tonight, but I think we should keep challenging them on it. The labor unions aren't going to stop. The presidential candidates can't stop either."

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Her plan for making sure they don't stop: Coming to D.C. for a high-profile press conference at the Chamber of Commerce, where she, Lindsey Graham, and Rand Paul all scorched the Obama administration over the NLRB's complaint against Boeing. (The manufacturer is eyeing a plant in South Carolina, a right to work state, after strikes have been threatened back home in Washington.)

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter.