“Soon, the Obama presidency will end, and America will have the chance to turn in a new direction. That direction is what I want to talk about tonight,” she said, speaking from the capital city of Columbia.
Haley said she understood that voters are frustrated with government, but added that Republicans must take some responsibility for that frustration as well as Democrats –- and channel it into meaningful action.
“There is more than enough blame to go around. We as Republicans need to own that truth,” Haley, South Carolina’s first female, non-white governor, said. “We need to accept that we’ve played a role in how and why our government is broken. And then we need to fix it.”
Haley, who noted that she is the daughter of immigrants, also sought to emphasize that the GOP is inclusive of all Americans, making what was perhaps a veiled reference to the more heated comments coming from some Republican candidates and lawmakers about Muslims and other immigrants.
“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,” she said, speaking from the South Carolina statehouse.
Haley, who gained national praise for her handling of the aftermath of the mass shooting at a Charleston church, said her party –- and all Americans -– should take a cue from how her state responded to the tragedy, noting that they embraced one another rather than assail each other’s race and religion.
“Some people think that you have to be the loudest voice in the room to make a difference. That is just not true. Often, the best thing we can do is turn down the volume. When the sound is quieter, you can actually hear what someone else is saying. And that can make a world of difference.”
“As we usher in this new era, Republicans will stand up for our beliefs,” she said.