Haley Takes Swipe at Trump, Too, in GOP Response

She doesn't go easy on her own party
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 12, 2016 10:06 PM CST
Updated Jan 13, 2016 3:33 AM CST
Haley Takes Swipe at Trump, Too, in GOP Response
FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2015, photo. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley speaks at the National Press Club in Washington. Americans should resist "the siren call of the angriest voices" in how it treats immigrants, Haley said Jan. 12, 2016, as the GOP used its formal response to President Barack Obama's...   (Evan Vucci)

Donald Trump is managing to again grab headlines, though his name was neither uttered by President Obama nor South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who gave the GOP response to Obama's State of the Union address. The American-born daughter of Indian immigrants gave what Politico describes as a "not-so-subtle rebuke of Donald Trump's fiery immigration rhetoric," saying: "Today, we live in a time of threats like few others in recent memory. During anxious times, it can be tempting to follow the siren call of the angriest voices. We must resist that temptation. No one who is willing to work hard, abide by our laws, and love our traditions should ever feel unwelcome in this country."

She dedicated more airtime to heaping criticism on her own party, saying, "We need to be honest with each other, and with ourselves: while Democrats in Washington bear much responsibility for the problems facing America today, they do not bear it alone. There is more than enough blame to go around. We as Republicans need to own that truth ... recognize our contributions to the erosion of the public trust in America’s leadership. We need to accept that we've played a role in how and why our government is broken." But she had plenty of criticism for Obama as well, reports the AP, saying the nation's problems also include an economy that's not boosted family income, a national debt that's too high, and Obama's health care law. (More Nikki Haley stories.)

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