COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - As Gov. Nikki Haley surrounds herself with other conservative governors in the Upstate to announce the kickoff to her re-election campaign, her likely 2014 opponent is building his strategy for next year's race.
Sen. Vincent Sheheen says his main goal this campaign will be to get voters to focus on Haley's record as governor.
Perhaps one of the biggest topics of the campaign will be the cyber security breach within what he calls "her" Department of Revenue and pointing out that 6.4 million South Carolinians had their personal information compromised.
Sheheen is also questioning why Haley needed to bring in Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, Gov. Rick Perry of Texas, and Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana to headline her campaign rally.
"I think it does speak volumes that when she announces her campaign she gets people from out of state to stand with her. Just last week, we announced the support of over 12 mayors across South Carolina, we did that because we have a great support spread across the state," said Sheheen.
Sheheen says the governor likes to talk about out of state corporations and out of state politicians, but he claims the truth is that the jobs numbers in South Carolina show an unemployment rate that's much higher than the rest of the country.
"Gov. Haley has raised millions of dollars from out of state donors, but we're really proud that small donors and supporters around South Carolina have rallied behind our effort," said Sheheen. "You know, as we've launched our campaign, what we've see is folks from Columbia or Lexington or Greenville or small towns all across South Carolina have given us an outpouring of support. I think it's because they know South Carolina really is a place they should be proud of and they're tired of being embarrassed by their own state government."
One other topic Sheheen plans to challenge the governor on is public education by pointing out compromises this year to put more funding into expanding 4-year-old kindergarten.
The Camden senator has already planned campaign stops in Sumter, Charleston, Florence and Greenville this week.