October 15, 2014 4:45 pm -

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) said during a debate on Tuesday said that there’s no reason to remove the Confederate flag on the Statehouse grounds because it was not an issue for CEOs, according Raw Story.

In contrast, Democratic candidate Sen. Vincent Sheheen said, “I think the people of South Carolina are tired of having an image across America that’s not truly who we are.” He added that people should “rally together under a flag that unites us all, the American flag, that looks toward the future, and not the past.”

[su_center_ad]Haley said the Confederate flag was a “sensitive issue.” She continued to say, “What I can tell you is over the last three and a half years, I spent a lot of my days on the phones with CEOs and recruiting jobs to this state, I can honestly say I have not had one conversation with a single CEO about the Confederate flag.”

Haley admitted the state had an image problem in the past but said,”But we really kind of fixed all that when you elected the first Indian-American female governor. When we appointed the first African-American U.S. senator, that sent a huge message,” she said referring to Tim Scott.

Raw Story reports:

Independent libertarian candidate Steve French said that he believed in the concept of “individual liberty” when it came to the Confederate flag.

“So, if you want to paint your house in the Confederate flag, I am completely fine with that,” he remarked.

But French disagreed with Haley when it came to businesses, saying that he had spoken with entrepreneurs who refused to move to South Carolina because the state was perceived as a “backwoods good ol’ boy network.”

“And that flag, I think, represents a lot of division in this state, and we need to be coming together,” French observed.


I’m sure Haley believes there is no racism in America because we elected an African American president, too. Problem solved.[su_csky_ad]

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D.B. Hirsch
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28 responses to SC Governor Defends Confederate Flag On Statehouse Grounds: It’s OK Because CEOs Haven’t Complained

  1. EnuffBull October 15th, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    The only “official” Confederate flag to be recognized is a White Surrender flag.

    • Anomaly 100 October 15th, 2014 at 4:54 pm

      They always forget the important stuff.

      • whatthe46 October 15th, 2014 at 5:24 pm


  2. arc99 October 15th, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    Sen. Scott was not the first African American US Senator

    That honor belongs to Hiram Revels who was seated in 1870 back when Republicans were the more “liberal” of the two parties, in 21st century terms.

    More recently, Republican Edward Brooke of Massachusetts served in the 1960’s. If he were running for office today, he would be denounced as a “RINO”.

    • tiredoftea October 15th, 2014 at 5:23 pm

      Brooke was the classic “liberal” Republican when such things were possible. It’s no wonder they don’t recognize his existence!

    • tracey marie October 15th, 2014 at 8:26 pm

      scott was also appointed

  3. tiredoftea October 15th, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    Yes, Nikki, I hear the Klan is moving their entire operation to another state because of you.

  4. forpeace October 15th, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    Does she even understand what the Confederate flag stand for?

    These are un-American anarchists who are still living in the 1861-1865 American Civil War era. Hey, it is 21st Century already!

    Just wake up and and let go of that Confederate flag.

    • Rusty Shackleford October 15th, 2014 at 7:14 pm

      I resent referring to these reprehensible people as anarchists. They were statists plain and simple. The very notion of slavery existing in anarchism, a word that means “absence of a ruler” is pure nonsense.

  5. Spirit of America October 15th, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    My view on flags is simple… fly what you want at home or business. At gov locations, fly ‘down to your level’ official flags on pole only. Meaning if a State house, fly US Flag then State flag. If city, fly US, State, County then City flag. Gov flags are to denote official chain of command, not history, not an opinion, not a preference, not a cause.
    my view

  6. Abby Normal October 15th, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    Anyone who approves of the Confederate flag is a racist, pure and simple. It’s a symbol of hatred, just like the Nazi flag.

  7. StoneyCurtisll October 15th, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    Right now, this is the only flag that matters to me…×350/debde4b13aad3a53095fd6949fd21ed3/166077906.jpg
    Go Royals~!

    • StoneyCurtisll October 15th, 2014 at 7:07 pm

      See ya at the WORLD SERIES~!!!

      • Gladys1963 October 15th, 2014 at 7:21 pm

        You all earned it. My O’s choked.

        • StoneyCurtisll October 15th, 2014 at 7:52 pm

          Thank you..:)
          It’s a very happy night in KC.

          • Gladys1963 October 15th, 2014 at 10:51 pm

            If the Cards get to the series, I’ll root for them in honor of my grandfather and all my family in Illinois. But if the Royals win, it’ll once again show that the AL is superior. ☺

  8. fancypants October 15th, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    A good place to visit if your in any doubt

    • Budda October 15th, 2014 at 8:13 pm

      Been there. Interesting place.

      • fancypants October 16th, 2014 at 10:27 am

        plenty of documents for nikki haley to read on display

  9. AnthonyLook October 15th, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    When I was growing up in Texas, I had a Confederate Flag up on my wall. It’s a beautiful and cool flag. The flag is a part of history and even back then, in my teenage years, it meant all the many things that it means to many different people. Always controversial. I don’t even remember how or when I put it away or where it went, but there was time and a place for my bedroom confederate flag. My garage band, hangout buddy, had a confederate flag in his garage. The point is, the flag is part of our history and though you are entitled to display “the flag with known controversy” anywhere you want; it’s another thing to disregard the appropriate time and place. A Confederate flag on any Statehouse grounds is not an appropriate place. It is an imposing offense. It is an affront, it is disrespectful, it is uncalled for and unnecessary. Are they traitors? All those that pander and continue to pursue the agenda of confederate flag mayhem on American Government soil and places of authority, like Statehouses. Are they traitors? The American Government “defeated” the armies that the Confederate Flag represents. This was an American victory where the Confederate Army was defeated by and for Americans. AND NOW- these pandering spineless Republicans want the LOSING Confederate Flag to be spread far and wide— on the Winning American Government’s soil and property. What part of “they lost” don’t they get?

    • fahvel October 16th, 2014 at 4:08 am

      flag in garage, is it any different than swastika in the garage? Get some things straight fella before you speak – images are cruel and can hurt.

  10. rat618 October 15th, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    Nikki please tell us who these CEO’s are and what companies they run so I can refuse to have any business with them. Also guess you didn’t try to recruit the BET Network to South Carolina.

  11. R J October 16th, 2014 at 1:16 am

    All right wingers are pro confederacy and believe that there was nothing wrong with slavery, lynching and Jim Crow

  12. rg9rts October 16th, 2014 at 3:59 am

    And what would wonder woman have done if the CEO’s complained??? Pander to the basest of the base I suppose

  13. fahvel October 16th, 2014 at 4:05 am

    if a ceo is in accord, how can any one dispute the validity of the the f’n flag?

  14. Red Eye Robot October 16th, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    The Confederate flag first started flying over the state capital in 1962 under DEMOCRAT governor Ernest “Fritz” Hollings who then served in the united states senate for 38 years, (1966-2005)

  15. HatchAx June 19th, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    Get your facts straight: you are right about the Democrats, you just have the wrong ones. It was segregationist Democrats (many of whom converted to the GOP with Strom Thurmond) passed a resolution to fly the flag permanently over the state house but Hollings denounced the bill (he couldn’t veto it, though it would have been overridden, because under South Carolina law, the governor has no control over the state house operations of the State House). Hollings had called for the flag to be removed for years & in his last re-election in 1998, flag supporters condemned both Hollings & his Republican Senate opponent for demanding the Confederate flag be removed from the State House grounds, so they urged a vote for a third party candidate—and I know all this because I covered the race in ’98 & even Confederate Heritage groups acknowledged that was the true history.

  16. CLR June 22nd, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    It’s not flying over the capitol.

    In 1962, during his term as Governor, the Confederate battle
    flag was flown above the SC Statehouse underneath the U.S. and
    state flags where it would remain for thirty-eight years. In
    2000, the state legislature voted to move the flag from above
    the Statehouse to a Confederate soldiers’ monument in front of
    the building.