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      Haley and Sheheen go toe to toe about jobless agency

      COLUMBIA (WACH) -- Tuesday morning South Carolina Republican Gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley discussed jobs outside the S.C Department of Employment and Workforce.

      Haley was joined by state House Majority Leader Kenny Bingham at the 9 a.m. news conference.

      Haley said if elected she will push for legislation to drug test all unemployed applicants seeking funds from the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce.

      "There will not be any beneficiaries if they do not pass a drug test," Haley said..

      Haley also called out her opponent in what she calls a "lack of action" by Vincent Sheheen after a report released in 2008 unveiled the Employment Security Commission's trust fund was going bankrupt.

      Haley said, "What good is someone overseeing a problem when he [Vincent Sheheen] overlooked a problem in 2008 and did nothing about it; we can't have people listen to crisis and say it's someone else's problem."

      Sheheen disputed that later Tuesday at a news conference at his Camden office.

      Sheheen said he participated in passing legislation to reform the agency, legislation that's currently being implemented.

      He says Haley's accusations are flat out wrong.

      "I think that Representative Haley has a pattern of misleading statements and saying things that aren't true about herself but also about the campaigns," Sheheen explained. "It's very troubling. We've seen this pattern before. We saw it with Governor Mark Sanford. The result was a disaster for the state of South Carolina. We can't afford to do it again."

      Sheheen accused Haley of trying to change the subject of the campaign, which in his opinion should be about who citizens can trust to run South Carolina.

      Haley and Sheheen square off in November. Green Party candidate Morgan Reeves is also in the race.

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