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Published On: Tue, Oct 28th, 2014

Ann Romney fires back at Dem Vincent Sheheen for ‘whore’ slip up at Nikki Haley event

Ann Romney, the wife of former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, condemned South Carolina Democratic candidate after he mistakenly called her a “whore” and then laughed with the audience.

Gov Nikki Haley caricature

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“When I first heard about it, it hit me right in my gut,” Romney said in a Monday phone interview with CNN. “My nerve endings went haywire. It’s so upsetting when you know someone can say something like that about a woman, and not have any kind of reaction. It’s so unacceptable. Nikki is a great girl and has been a great governor.”

Vincent Sheheen, the Democratic challenger to Nikki Haley, made the comment at a campaign event in Florence, S.C. While attacking Haley’s education record, Sheheen stumbled over his words and told the crowd, “We are going to escort whore out the door.”

Sheheen  immediately corrected himself, saying, “We’re going to escort her out the door,” Bbt when some in the audience picked up on the verbal faux pas and started applauding, Sheheen grinned and laughed along with people in the crowd.

Video of the event went viral – check it out below.

 Sheheen apologized on Monday during an interview. “But if anybody heard, and certainly my words were garbled … I apologize because I don’t want to send that message to anybody,” he said, according to The State newspaper.

Haley leads Sheheen by double digits in recent polling and is expected to win a second term next week. Romney, who came to know Haley during the 2012 presidential campaign when she was one of the Mitt Romney’s top GOP supporters, said she spoke to the governor by phone about the incident.

Romney said the incident is discouraging to women who want to be in the political arena. Haley, she noted, weathered attacks on her personal life and her Indian-American heritage in past campaigns.

“We need to make sure we have a safe place so that other women can feel like they can do this and these kinds of things aren’t going to happen to them,” Romney said. “You get so sick of saying there is bias out there, but if a Republican had said this, it would be blowing up in their face like nobody’s business. Where is EMILY’s List? Where is N.O.W.? Where are they?”

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