State of South Carolina Archives: on Principles & Values

Ralph Norman: Empower those who believe in the virtues of faith in God

Why I Am Running for Congress: As your next Congressman, I will be guided by the Tenth Amendment. I will be committed to returning power and decision-making to the states. I will empower middle class families in South Carolina; those frustrated with government, those who understand the value of personal responsibility, and those who believe in the virtues of faith in God.
Source: 2017 S.C. House campaign website, May 16, 2017

Henry McMaster: Stand up for Freedom of Religion

Source: 2010 S.C. Gubernatorial campaign website Jan 11, 2017

Nikki Haley: State workers all say "It's a Great Day in South Carolina"

When I first ran for governor, I often heard people speaking negatively about our state, both here at home and around the country. When we first asked public servants to answer the phones at state agencies with "It's a Great Day in South Carolina, how may I help you?" they hated it. But it wasn't just some off-the-wall catchphrase--it had two purposes, in fact:
  1. It was to remind those public servants that they worked for the person on the other side of the phone and that they were there, above all, to answer whatever question might come up.
  2. South Carolina was never the state it was portrayed to be. It was time for the rest of the country, and the rest of the world, to see South Carolina as she truly is--a state of unlimited potential and unrivaled beauty populated by good, faithful, hardworking people.
So in spite of the pushback we kept saying it. Now, the first thing I hear wherever I speak is almost always, "It's a Great Day in South Carolina." Because, it almost always is.
Source: 2017 State of the State address to S.C. Legislature Jan 11, 2017

Ted Cruz: FactCheck: Yes, Cruz speaks Spanish & understands Univision

Marco Rubio accused Ted Cruz of being unable to understand Univision (a Spanish-language TV station); Cruz demonstrated Rubio wrong by responding in Spanish:Both Senators accused each other of lying; we won't comment on the other accusations, but Rubio was clearly incorrect in his assertion that Cruz speaks no Spanish.
Source: OnTheIssues FactCheck on 2016 CBS Republican debate in S.C. Feb 14, 2016

Mark Sanford: Voted to impeach Clinton for affair, but should be forgiven

Colbert Busch reminded Sanford that he once used taxpayer funds to "leave the country for a personal purpose"--referring to the extramarital affair with an Argentine woman he had while governor.

Later, Sanford was reminded by a questioner that he voted to impeach President Bill Clinton because of his involvement with Monica Lewinsky and asked if he would vote that way again. "I would reverse the question," Sanford said. "Do you think President Clinton should be condemned for the rest of his life for a mistake he made in his life?"

Sanford is trying to rebound from a scandal that sidelined his political career. In 2009, Sanford, after telling his staff he was out hiking the Appalachian Trail, revealed that he was in Argentina with a woman he later became engaged to after divorcing his wife, Jenny. Before leaving office, Sanford avoided impeachment but was censured by the Legislature over state travel expenses he used for the affair. He also paid the largest ethics fine ever in S.C, $70,000.

Source: News12 on 2013 S.C. House District 1 debate Apr 29, 2013

Mark Sanford: Now engaged to woman from 2009 extramarital affair

Only one reference was made to Sanford's 2009 admission to an extramarital affair. Answering a question about spending, Colbert Busch referenced Sanford's surprise absence from the state in June 2009 during which he visited his Argentinian lover, now his fianc‚e. "When we talk about fiscal spending and we talk about protecting the taxpayers, it doesn't mean you take that money we saved and leave the country for a personal purpose," Colbert Busch said.

"She went there, Gov. Sanford," said the debate's moderator.

"I couldn't hear what she said," Sanford responded. "Repeat it, I didn't hear it."

"Answer the question," Colbert Busch said.

"What was the question?" asked Sanford, who then answered the original question on spending.

Source: The State webzine on 2013 S.C. House District 1 debate Apr 29, 2013

Sharron Angle: Don't let Sharia law take hold anywhere in our United States

CNN: Here's an audio clip of what Ms. Angle originally claimed:
We're talking about militant terrorist situation, which I believe isn't a widespread thing. But it is enough that we need to address, and we have been addressing it. My thoughts are these. First of all, Dearborn, Michigan, and Frankford, Texas, are on American soil and under constitutional law, not Sharia law. And I don't know how that happened in the United States. (APPLAUSE).

But it seems to me that there is something fundamentally wrong with allowing a foreign system of law to even take hold in any municipality or government situation in our United States.

CNN: That certainly sounds scary.
Source: CNN "360 Degrees" coverage: 2010 S.C. Senate debate Oct 14, 2010

Jim DeMint: I'd prefer conservative principles than a Senate majority

Q: You said you would rather have people who adhere to conservative principles than have the majority. The problem is that in the minority, you can't get anything done that you'd like to get done. Square that for me.

DEMINT: Well, let me clarify what I mean by conservative. I'm just talking about common-sense people who don't think balancing a checkbook is a radical idea. What I'm talking about is where mainstream America is, and it's just common sense

Q: A poll said about 19% of Americans support the tea party movement. That's not mainstream. That's not most Americans.

DEMINT: The interesting thing is, for instance, in Delaware, there are probably at most a few thousand tea party activists. But ten times that many voted for Christine O'Donnell in the Republican primary. So for every person who takes up a sign and goes to a tea party rally, there are thousands of Americans who agree with them, who don't like Republicans or Democrats, but they're concerned about the incredible spending.

Source: CNN "State of the Union" coverage: 2010 S.C. Senate debate Sep 19, 2010

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