Palmetto Sunrise: Haley says Trump is creating a ‘very combative tone’

While participating on a panel on Tuesday, Gov. Nikki Haley said Donal Trump’s attacks were “not what we need in a presidential race.” (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

COLUMBIA — Just hours after Presidential hopeful Donald Trump called U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham an “idiot” while stumping in Bluffton, Gov. Nikki Haley said “it’s wrong.”

Haley was in Colorado, participating in the Republican Governors Association’s Executive Roundtable quarterly meeting at the Aspen Institute. The panel she participated in included several governors, who touted their states’ economic success.

But a crowd member asked about Trump, according to Aspen Journalism. And Haley was among those who responded.

“It’s wrong, it’s wrong,” said Haley, according to Aspen Journalism. “Freedom of speech, I will always fight for freedom of speech, but he is creating a very combative tone in a time where we really need to be able to vet our candidates and every day I feel like I’m hearing Mr. Trump attack another person personally. That’s not what we need in a presidential race. Not in a Democratic primary, not in a Republican primary, not in this presidential primary.”

During his swing through Bluffton on Tuesday, Trump called Graham a “lightweight,” and released his personal phone number while cameras live-streamed the event. Graham told a Politico reporter that “When it comes to the Donald, nothing surprises me anymore.”

Graham later tweeted he’d be getting a new phone.

Meanwhile, Jeb Bush will be in the Upstate today, kicking off his day at The Carolina Pregnancy Center at 103 Metro Drive in Spartanburg at 10 a.m. He’ll then make his way to Aiken, where he’ll participate in the “Taking on Mt. Washington” town hall. That event starts at 12:15 p.m., at the Newberry Hall, 117 Newberry St. S.W.

In other news:

Hillary Clinton returning to South Carolina (The Post and Courier)

Jeb Bush makes campaign stop in Spartanburg (Herald-Journal)

Christie tells Horry County residents they have one of most important votes in the primary (Sun News)

Kasich is 16th notable entry into Republican race (The Associated Press)

Obama teases Dick Cheney fans on Iran deal (The Associated Press)

Flags flying at half-staff in South Carolina to honor 5 killed in Tennessee (The Associated Press)

All four sentences handed down in S.C. State fraud case (The Post and Courier)

SLED investigating inmate’s slaying at Lieber Correctional Institution in Ridgeville (The Post and Courier)

Rock Hill zoning board axes SC Muslim cemetery (The Herald)

N.C. Legislature passes bill protecting Confederate monuments (News and Observer)