Haley, Scott crash Democratic convention, SC dems fire back

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WACH, AP) -- Governor Nikki Haley and U.S. Rep. Tim Scott crashed the Democratic convention Tuesday to tell people why they shouldn't re-elect President Barack Obama.

The Republicans came to Charlotte before the Democrats cranked up their convention for a news conference with a group called "Obama Isn't Working."

Both Scott and Haley pounced on a remark from Obama two years ago where the president said he would give himself an incomplete grade because the economy hasn't fully rebounded.

"What I am astonished by is that this president has admitted it for himself," said Haley. "When you asked him, what grade he would give himself, he said an incomplete. I have a ten-year-old and a fourteen-year-old and I know if they came home with an incomplete on their report card, it means they failed."

While Haley took aim at the Obama administration, South Carolina lawmakers back in Columbia had her squarely in their crosshairs, urging the governor to get back to work in the Palmetto State and stop campaigning after roughly two weeks on the road.

Democratic State Representatives James Smith and Mia Butler Garrick called on Haley to deal with the state's 9.6% unemployment rate, one of the highest in the nation. The unemployment rate has steadily increased in recent months after nearly a year of declines.

"Obviously what she's been doing hasn't been working, so traveling and giving her focus to the national media is not delivering jobs in South Carolina, " said Smith. "So we suggest she ought to get off the national media tour."

Haley's high profile on the national scene has been a rallying cry for critics since her election.

"One thing we know for sure, Nikki Haley isn't campaigning for Mitt Romney, she's campaigning for Nikki Haley," said Garrick.

Regardless of those comments, Haley and the "Obama Isn't Working" group pushed a plan to put the GOP back in the White House by taking a line first made famous by Ronald Reagan in 1980 asking Americans 'Are you better off than you were four years ago?'

"We all know that we are worried about the debt our children are taking on and we all know that something has to give," said Haley. "What I love about America is that we have the ability to self-correct."