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South Carolina Gov. Haley launches reelection campaign

Flanked by a trio of potential GOP presidential candidates, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) on Monday launched her 2014 reelection campaign.

Haley cited economic progress in her state and said she is asking for another four years as governor to continue that trend.

"We have the fastest growing economy in the southeast and we’re not slowing down," Haley said. “If you think what we did in the first two and a half years was great, wait until you see what we do next.”

Haley earlier this year left open the possibility of not seeking reelection, but she said Monday that she wants to keep the state moving in the right direction.

Accompanying her launch was a video featuring a series of local TV news reports on the state's economic progress, along with testimonials from the business community.

"We've got to make sure that everybody that wants a job has a job, and I'm not going to stop until we get that done," she said in the video.

Sitting next to Haley during her launch were Govs. Rick Perry (R-Texas), Bobby Jindal (R-La.) and Scott Walker (R-Wis.) -- all big-name governors who might run for president in 2016 -- as well as Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.).

Haley and Scott promise to be popular stopovers for potential presidential candidates over the next two years, as South Carolina remains a crucial state in the presidential nominating process.

The event was mostly devoted to Haley, but everyone worked in some attacks on the Obama administration -- particularly for President Obama's health-care law.

"Is this administration the most liberal administration in our history or the most incompetent administration in our history?" Jindal asked. "To quote Secretary Clinton, 'What difference does it make?'"

Despite coming from a red state, polls suggest Haley is vulnerable in her rematch with state Sen. Vincent Sheheen (D), whom she beat by 4 points in a strong Republican year in 2010.

The Democratic Governors Association launched a new video Monday making the case that the real story of Haley's tenure is miscues and foibles.

“With the errors, scandals, and job losses under Nikki Haley, it’s no wonder her support at home is so weak that she has to be propped up by out-of-state governors at her reelection rally,” said DGA spokesman Danny Kanner.

Original post 10:50 a.m.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.



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