03/15/2013 02:03 pm ET

Nikki Haley CPAC Speech Gets Huge Applause For Voter ID Law

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) was a surprise guest Friday at CPAC, where she took the stage to introduce Mitt Romney. She made familiar points about fighting the federal government from her state, but the line that got her the biggest applause was about a new voter ID law there.

"Every election in our state now requires photo ID before you vote!" she said, recounting how the Department of Justice tried to block the law.

The South Carolina law requires people to show a driver's license or other photo identification, such as a passport, military identification or a voter registration card, before they are allowed to vote. A three-judge panel delayed implementation of the law before the 2012 elections, but earlier this year granted pre-clearance for it under the Voting Rights Act.

Haley also pledged not to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. "As long as I am governor of South Carolina we will not expand Medicaid," she said.

She took a dig at Washington during her speech, but she got her geography a bit wrong.

"It is so great to be here in Washington, D.C. -- not really," she said to laughs, though the conference is taking place just over the border in National Harbor, Md.



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