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Nikki Haley tops limited government score card

September 15, 2023
| Washington Examiner by Paul Bedard

Of all the Republicans running for president, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley can be trusted most to make good on promises to limit government, cut taxes, protect free speech, and ensure election integrity, according to a new score card.

The recently formed Institute for Legislative Analysis looked at nearly 10,000 votes and executive actions of top GOP candidates and gave Haley seven “A” grades out of a possible 10. She also received three “Bs.”

The report from the group founded by former executives of the American Conservative Union said, “Haley’s tax and fiscal record shows a consistent and strong commitment to limited government principles surrounding spending and controlling government growth.”

The other Republicans also scored well on the report, though former President Donald Trump got dinged on taxes despite signing a successful tax cut. “Trump’s tax and fiscal record shows a below-average commitment to limited government principles surrounding controlling spending and government growth,” the group noted.

Those graded were Trump, Haley, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), former Vice President Mike Pence, and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. All got good grades, and there were none below a “C” in the 10 categories tested.

The group’s goal isn’t to pick candidates but to inform voters.

“We are excited to finally provide Americans with an unbiased resource that dissects and clarifies the policy records of elected officials to help citizens across the political spectrum identify which politicians best align with their views,” CEO Ryan McGowan said. “Americans deserve access to information that accurately reflects the real interests of the leaders making the policies affecting their day-to-day lives.”

President Fred McGrath added, “Our mission is to share our research with other liberty-minded groups and help them build score cards as well. Hope this way we as a movement can better hold lawmakers accountable.”

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