Haley says no to V.P.
August 18th, 2011
04:24 PM ET
3 years ago

Haley says no to V.P.

(CNN) - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley dismissed any suggestion she would serve as the Republican vice presidential nominee in the 2012 election.

In an interview Thursday with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, the first term governor said if asked to serve in the No. 2 spot, she would not accept.

"I've been in this job eight months. If we're going to look at a vice president, let's look at somebody who can bring a lot of experience to the table," Haley said on CNN's "The Situation Room." "Let's look at somebody that can do more."

Haley, who was elected in 2010 with support of the tea party movement and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, said she is focused on her job as governor but is hopeful about the current GOP presidential field.

"We are now seeing that this country is in pretty bad shape and what I do see is we've got great candidates that are going to lift us out of this and I think we'll have great candidates for vice president as well," Haley said. "But I'm not going to be one of them."

As governor of the first-in-the-South primary state, Haley has entertained the White House hopefuls, all hoping for her support. But she said it is too soon in the process to issue an endorsement.

"This is the time we really need to be doing a lot of listening to what their details are, what their specifics are and waiting to weigh in until we can really see what the full platform looks like," Haley said.

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soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. JB

    Who would even ask her to be VP? And why would she want to run with any of the crackpot republican candidates?

    August 18, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  2. MAC

    I would vote for Nikki for presidet over the "Liberal Elite Proffesor we have in the WH now. She needs to stay govenor then look at 2016!

    August 18, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  3. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAliban/TEAhadists

    According to former Sen. Allen of Virginia, you're a macaca.

    August 18, 2011 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  4. In order for 15 MILLION to find a job, only ONE must LOSE his.... Fire Obama in 2012

    Well she'd be a heck of a lot better than Crazy Joe!!!

    August 18, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  5. Lynda/Minnesota

    "This is the time we really need to be doing a lot of listening to what their details are, what their specifics are and waiting to weigh in until we can really see what the full platform looks like," Haley said.

    I've BEEN listening Nikki, dear. Not a whole lot coming in way of specifics or details. Except political anger directed at the man who can in all likelihood defeat each and every one of YOUR party wannabees. Silly that. Won't change a thing when all is said and done. He'll still be re-elected.

    August 18, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  6. Voice of Reason

    And in other news... Brittney Spears, Mickey Mouse, Betty White, Justin Beiber, and the Loch Ness Monster all also dismissed any suggestion that they would server as VP nominee on a GOP ticket.

    PUH-LEEZE! For this to be news, there would have had to be a ghost of a chance of her getting nominated at all! And with her history of extramerital affair with that blogger and the mis-appropriated campaign funds... ? No Way. Even if she wasnt from South "Ignorants R Us" Carolina.

    August 18, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  7. Drogo, the Khal who bit the dust

    So she admits that she's in over her head...har har har

    August 18, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  8. Four and The Door

    "We are now seeing that this country is in pretty bad shape and what I do see is we've got great candidates that are going to lift us out of this and I think we'll have great candidates for vice president as well," Haley said.
    ___________________________________________________________________________________________________
    Well put. There are several great Republican candidates already launched into their 2012 campaigns and maybe some who haven't yet. I would have a tough time picking one right now but any one of them will be better for the country than Obama. He has decided to stick with the same strategies that he just proved do not get the intended results and the more they do not work the more partisan he becomes. I am not looking forward to the kind of campaign he is planning to run. It will not be good for America.

    August 18, 2011 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  9. diridi

    I do not know as to who are voting for these third world idiots....god save us...

    August 18, 2011 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  10. MTATL67

    I am an independent and I like this Governors style. She is smart not to attach herself to a Separatist governor that took his state’s surplus and ran it up to a $27B debt or to a Rep. that is a member of some sort of extremist/fiscal terrorist organization that caused the US to be downgraded and markets to fall. I loved the what she told Newt what's what. We will see this lady in the future.

    August 18, 2011 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  11. bb

    I'm from South Carolina. Haley has done ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to alleviate the poor economic conditions of this state. We have one of the highest longstanding poverty rates in the country, as well as, consistently, one of the highest drop-out rates. She is nothing but a tea party corporate shill. Anybody would have to be out of their friggin' mind to even consider elevating Haley to the national stage. And a candidate would be voting against themselves by asking her to come along for the ride. What a joke!

    August 18, 2011 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  12. AR1000

    1 term Haley should worry about 2014.

    August 18, 2011 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  13. Four and The Door

    bb
    I'm from South Carolina. Haley has done ABSOLUTELY NOtHING to alleviate the poor economic conditions of this state. We have one of the highest longstanding poverty rates in the country, as well as, consistently, one of the highest drop-out rates.
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    Read your own post bb, especially the part where it says longstanding. She's been there 8 months. South Carolina has had these problems for many decades.

    August 18, 2011 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  14. SecedingfromTexas

    "......there are several great Republican candidates already launched into their 2012 campaigns and maybe some who
    haven't. I would have a tough time picking one.........."
    ************************
    Absolutely, Defender of the Tea Party, any candidate will do. Doesn't matter if they are willing to toss America
    overboard as long as they bow to Kochs and Norquist. Sign those pledges, vow to destroy President Obama,
    talk like fools with no answers, and constantly drone on, and on, and on, about how bad Obama is. Never, ever,
    take any reponsbility for your own contribution to this mess we are in, and above all, never let them see you
    say anything close to intelligent. Talk over, under, and around any subject, but never give a staight answer to
    any question. Claim everything the government does is "sticking it's nose in our business", unless, of course,
    you need help from them for weather related catasrtophes, or "money" to clean up your self-inflicted shortfalls in
    your budgets, Go ahead, destroy our clean air, dirty our pristine waters, tear up our beautiful landscape,
    destroy our wildlife, undermine education, let the children starve, do whatever it takes, because we are too
    greedy to care about anybody else. Everybody bow their heads now, and pray.

    August 18, 2011 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  15. MAC

    She is standing up for Boeing against the UNION THUGS!

    August 18, 2011 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  16. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    "He has decided to stick with the same strategies that he just proved do not get the intended results "

    Yes, President Obama made the mistake of assuming the GOBPbaggers would put the people of America above their petty party interests. It was a mistake to assume the GOBP would care more about the needy than the about the greedy. I think he's learned his lesson, though.

    August 18, 2011 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  17. Voice of Reason

    "She is smart not to attach herself to a Separatist governor that took his state’s surplus and ran it up to a $27B debt or to a Rep. that is a member of some sort of extremist/fiscal terrorist organization that caused the US to be downgraded and markets to fall."
    ---------------–
    What planet are YOU on? She is a Tea-party poster-child through and through. Her high-profile endorsements from Tea Party darlings like Bailin Palin were what got her elected,,,

    August 18, 2011 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  18. Russ

    She would never get through the vetting process with the way her Governorship is going. She has more scandals going right now than anyone out there.

    August 18, 2011 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  19. Errm

    "There are several great Republican candidates already launched into their 2012 campaigns"

    LOL!
    Oh god.

    And MAC, you can't even spell "professor"...it's not "ELITE" to know how to spell....

    August 18, 2011 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  20. carlos

    where is her birth certificate?.......she sure does look like the bobby in louisiana

    August 18, 2011 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  21. Ed Texas

    Haley sees the writing on the wall. The GOP has been taken over by an radical, extreme far right wing fundmentalist element that does not know what the work compromise is. All they want to do is destroy government and the American dream. Haley seems smarter than that.

    August 18, 2011 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  22. Bill in Florida

    Wow. A Tea Bagger with a brain; who would have thought?

    August 18, 2011 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  23. Nathan

    Haley was elected Gover of South Carolina in 2010, not 2008.

    August 18, 2011 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  24. manistee

    Living in SC it is apparent that Haley is more concerned in reducing the tax on 2nd or 3rd homes for the rich than doing anything about the low ratings the state gets in regards to overall poor economic conditions, high rate of high school dropouts and numerous other things.

    August 18, 2011 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  25. Larry L

    "Four and The Door" is willing to cut Haley some slack because she inherited problems. What does he think President Obama inherited besides the big steaming pile of dung left behind by the last Republican President? The Republican's are fighting to find a candidate with the strongest position against everything – the environment, renewable energy, gay rights, folks below the poverty level, and of course anybody who isn't an angry, white, fundamental Christian. I love the line about "the kind of campaign President is planning to run not being good for America". Can you say "swift boat"? "Death squads coming to get granny"? "Paling around with terrorists"? Conservatives alway run a filthy campaign and this one is no different. Remember the "birthers"? Haven't you been listening to Perry and Bachman?

    August 18, 2011 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
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