CHARLESTON, S.C. (UPI) — South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley walked back negative comments she made about Republican presidential hopefuls Sen. Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush, saying she misspoke after a “long couple of days.”
Haley, a Republican, came under fire after stating she disagrees with Rubio’s position on immigration, which she called “amnesty,” and Bush’s passage of Common Core. The comments come a day after her indirect criticism of Donald Trump in her response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address.
On Wednesday night, Haley downplayed any disagreements with the two Florida lawmakers, saying “all of these things you bring up because you’re never going to agree with everyone and you’re not gonna agree on all things.”
“I talked about Marco Rubio — you know, I’m against his Gang of Eight bill. He is not for amnesty, but I was against his Gang of Eight bill,” she told Fox News On the Record host Greta Van Susteren. “Gov. Bush, he supported Common Core, certainly didn’t pass it, but supported it.”
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