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Why The Nikki Haley Media Blitz?

Why The Nikki Haley Media Blitz?

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley isn’t running for vice president, and she’s all over the media making sure people know that.

Earlier this week she was on ABC’s The View discussing how Republican women “don’t care about contraception.” She’s been on Fox And Friends calling President Barack Obama a bully. She even told the New York Times that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was her inspiration to run for office.

The impetus for the sudden burst into the limelight isn’t to vie for vice president, but to publicize her new memoir, “Can’t is Not an Option.

Then again, doesn’t everyone put out a book right before they run for higher office? Ask Marco Rubio.

Of course, Haley has a need to rebuild her own image that this media blitz gives her an opportunity to take on. She’s been slightly hurt by the resignation of her lieutenant governor due to impeding indictment, although they weren’t a joint election ticket. And recently rumors were swirling that she was involved in a tax scandal over a temple run by her father, which turned out to be false.

The blitz is no doubt cushioning her from all allegations of impropriety as well as giving her a chance to tell her story and define herself again before these other plotlines do it for her. No wonder she’s in such a rush to hit every outlet.

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7:19PM PDT on Apr 5, 2012

Troy: same reason Piyush Jindal doesn't use his real name: too foreign for them Southerners.

Um, Devon? Haley "is not a person of color or foreign descent like Rubio."?

5:46PM PDT on Apr 5, 2012

Oh yeah, noted anchor baby, anti immigrant, "papers please" governor, Nimrata Randhawa Haley has something to say. What could possibly be more meaningless or less relevant?

11:00AM PDT on Apr 5, 2012

Why does Nimrata Nikki Randhawa Haley not use her Indian name? Is she ashamed of it?

10:48AM PDT on Apr 5, 2012

Only a Southern Governor could get away with the stupity that this woman represents. The fact that she lumps all women in the same boat is Redicules. Nicki Hailey is speaking from the narrow mindedness of the few narrow minded clergy she listens too in her state and is not speaking for women at all. Shame on the people of her state for voting in such a women that goes around telling other women how they think. I thought we were past that.

8:29AM PDT on Apr 5, 2012

We see the former queen of bias and divisiveness Palin co-hosting the Today show, and Nikki Haley, the latest poster "gal" for the right. The media bias on public airwaves keeps the ill informed even less informed, which endangers all of our freedoms.

Please write your local station directors to demand balance in giving authors such as Van Jones equal time to discuss books such as, "Rebuild the Dream."

8:21AM PDT on Apr 5, 2012

"Then again, doesn’t everyone put out a book right before they run for higher office?"

Or just after they get out of prison.

7:32AM PDT on Apr 5, 2012

Devon M, wow, you are SO right and so cool.

7:31AM PDT on Apr 5, 2012

A lie in a bra at least makes you look like you are not attacking the human and civil rights of all women. Alright at least those women smart enough to realize that they are under attack.

7:30AM PDT on Apr 5, 2012

Because she's a moron and Republicans worship ignorance.

7:14AM PDT on Apr 5, 2012

She is the Sarah Palin of the South, and sadly, she is hoping to be the VP pick because she would bring the South with her, she is a woman which would solve old Mitt's problem with women these days, and she is not a person of color or foreign descent like Rubio. Unfortunately, she will not bring the women's vote and she is not a particularly bright woman from what I have seen, so Mitt would do well to avoid her as a his pick. But then, with a Stepford wife beside him, Mitt might feel right at home - two wives without the pesky polygamy thing hanging over his head.

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