"Absolutely not," Haley said when asked by CNN Chief National Correspondent John King whether, as governor, she would accept additional economic stimulus funds from Democratically-controlled Washington. "You know, that's the problem that we've had right now, is government is trying to be all things to all people. What we need to understand is, this is not about losing teachers, this is not about losing law enforcement, this is not about what you spend, it's about how you spend."
Haley weighed in with praise for Arizona's controversial illegal immigration law.
"I applaud what Arizona did," she told King. "I applaud the governor. And I think that every state in the country is going to turn around and start looking at what they need to do to take care of themselves. I think that's part of states' rights and that's what we want to do."
The South Carolina Republican added, "I think Arizona did the right thing. But I also that that the federal government needs to look at what Arizona did and realize that they did that because the federal government did not do its job and is not securing the borders."
And Haley supported President Obama's decision to change the leadership of the U.S. military operation in Afghanistan after Rolling Stone magazine published an article in which Gen. Stanley McChrystal was critical of members of Obama's national security team.
"I think the president did what he needed to do," Haley said of Obama's decision earlier Wednesday to replace McChrystal with Gen. David Petraeus.
Finally, Haley praised another prominent female Republican, former Alaska Gov. and GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin.
"I think she has been a national figure that has taught people the power of their voice," Haley said of Palin, who endorsed the South Carolina Republican's gubernatorial bid.
"I think she is trying to remind elected officials that they are not the ones in charge, but the people are," Haley added of Palin.