South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley (R) said she would not remove the Confederate flag from the Statehouse because CEOs of corporations have not complained.
According to RawStory.com, Gov. Haley made the comment during a gubernatorial debate last night (video below).
“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,” stated Gov. Haley. “I can honestly say I have not had one conversation with a single CEO about the Confederate flag.”
In regard to the black slavery history that the Confederate flag represents, Gov. Haley 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.”
Democratic candidate Sen. Vincent Sheheen said the Confederate flag should be retired to a museum.
Independent libertarian candidate Steve French said, "If you want to paint your house in the Confederate flag, I am completely fine with that,” but added that some companies refused to move to the state because the Confederate flag represents the “backwoods good ol’ boy network.”
When it came to jobs in the state, Gov. Haley claimed there were 57,000 "announced" jobs during her administration, but it would take awhile for all those jobs to actually be available, noted the Post and Courier.
"What we want to continue to do is make sure that it's our South Carolinians who get these 57,000 jobs," said Gov. Haley.
Sheheen reminded Gov. Haley that she refused to expand Medicaid in South Carolina (under Obamacare), which would have brought 45,000 new jobs to the state.