If there’s one thing that jumps out of South Carolina Republican Gov. Nikki Haley‘s interview with Marie Claire, it’s that she’s really fond of Joan Jett. God comes in a close second. The story on Haley is in the February issue and live on MarieClaire.com now.
On her role models: “Mine are my mother, Margaret Thatcher, Hillary Clinton, Martina Navratilova, Gabby Giffords. And Joan Jett. I tell you, Joan Jett is my idol. I would just love to meet her!” Her real name: Nimrata Nikki Randhawa. She was born to Punjabi immigrants. On what the future holds: “I’ve never been one to think far into the future. If you don’t plan, God has surprises that are much more fun for you. We take it one day at a time. If you’d asked me three years ago, I’d never have said that I would run for governor…. And right now, I love being governor.” On her campaign against Larry Koon: “We found a quote from him buried in a book called The Stupidest Things Ever Said by Politicians. It was: ‘Women are best suited for secretarial work, decorating cakes, and counter sales, like selling lingerie.’ So the National Association of Women Business Owners [of which Haley had been president] put it in a mailer. Women in the state were furious at him! He had been in public service for 30 years, but that quote said: It’s time to move on.” Speaking ill of reporters: Haley once spoke badly about a reporter whom she felt had written a negative story on her. She went on Laura Igraham’s show and said, “God bless that little girl.” She said it’s a Southern thing, but regrets it now.
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