Nikki Haley Sails Through Debate

12/26/2010 05:12 am 05:12:01 | Updated May 25, 2011

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Watching "Mama Grizzly" Nikki Haley Monday night during the only statewide TV debate in the South Carolina gubernatorial race underscored how different stylistically she is than her mentor Sarah Palin. Unlike Palin in her 2008 vice-presidential debate, Haley exuded no deer-in-the-headlights uncertainty, nor did she play to the politics of class resentment. Instead, the fast-talking Haley came across as poised, supremely confident and very conservative, even by South Carolina standards.

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