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SC GOP News – Where do you stand on illegal immigration, Vince?

Where do you stand, Vince? Democratic nominee won’t answer questions on immigration

Columbia, SC – July 30, 2010 – It seems like liberal Democratic gubernatorial nominee Vince Sheheen is making a habit these days of ducking questions on important issues.

Yesterday, he was asked by the news media where he stands on the tough new Arizona immigration law, a measure aimed at securing our nation’s borders since the federal government has failed to do so.

Sheheen owes South Carolina an answer as to where he stands on the new law. But according to news reports, he’s ducking questions on the issue. You can see for yourself by clicking here.

By contrast, Republican gubernatorial nominee Nikki Haley fully supports the Arizona law, and in fact has sponsored legislation seeking to implement it in our state. Conservative Republican leaders in the South Carolina Senate have vowed to do the same.

If Sheheen were to support the bill, it would be a stunning reversal from the previous leftist positions he’s taken on immigration during his career as a Columbia insider.

Sheheen cast the lone “no” vote on a Senate subcommittee bill that would have made sure South Carolina’s government business was conducted only in English (Associated Press, 1/10/08). And, Sheheen sought to create loopholes in South Carolina’s anti-illegal immigration law. Sheheen “argued for some exceptions” in the law
requiring employers to verify the citizenship status of those they employee (Greenville News, 10/26/06).

Vince’s latest dodge on illegal immigration is the second time he’s ducked a hot-button issue in as many days.

Yesterday, Sheheen was challenged to stake out a position on Obamacare as he appeared at a fundraiser with two of its chief liberal DC-insider advocates – John Spratt and Jim Clyburn.

“Vince Sheheen can run, but he cannot hide from the voters of South Carolina,” said SCGOP Chairman Karen Floyd. “It is understandable that a dyed-in-the-wool liberal like Vince Sheheen knows he is out of step with South Carolina values. It is clear from his Senate record and this latest dodge that Vince knows it is only a matter of time before people realize he is more interested in appeasing far-left special interest groups than he is in protecting our borders from illegal immigrants.

“So the question remains: where do you stand, Vince?” Floyd said.