Nikki Haley Loves Joan Jett

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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