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Nikki Haley: Trump Shouldn't Take Criticism Personally

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Gov. Nikki Haley (Sean Rayford, File/AP Photo)

By    |   Wednesday, 13 January 2016 05:58 PM

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump shouldn't take personally her criticism of him in her response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night.

"You know, I have disagreements with other presidential candidates," Haley told a group of reporters on Wednesday. "You know, Jeb Bush passed Common Core, and Marco Rubio believes in amnesty, which I don't. There's lots of things."

Media observers immediately took note when Haley, delivering the official Republican response to Obama's address, seemed to be going after her own party's front-runner when she said, among other things "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."

Haley said Trump supported her in both her gubernatorial campaigns and she still considers him a friend. She said just because people disagree they don't have to end their friendship.

"You know, when I say it about my other friends who are running for president, they don't throw stones," she said "And so what I would say to Mr. Trump is don't take it personally."

Haley said it bothered her when Trump suggested a temporary ban on all Muslims. She is the daughter of immigrants from India.

"We've never in the history of this country passed any laws or done anything based on race or religion," she said. "Let's not start that now."

Haley said no one from the Republican Party leadership influenced her speech. She said she wrote it herself, and it was read by House Speaker Paul Ryan and others, but none of them suggested any changes.

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South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump shouldn't take personally her criticism of him in her response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night.
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