Haley talks Romney and tea party support
April 5th, 2012
04:14 PM ET
2 years ago

Haley talks Romney and tea party support

Washington (CNN) – South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has already taken her name out of the running for vice presidential consideration this election but that isn't stopping her from touting the candidate she's endorsed for president, Mitt Romney.

"I knew him and Ann. I knew their family. I knew where they were. I knew how he wasn't just a candidate that wanted to win. This is somebody who had thought for the last four years about how he would handle the situation had he been president," Haley said.

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Haley already said earlier in the week she would not be a candidate for vice president and she reaffirmed that stance Thursday at the American Enterprise Institute's event, "Can't Is Not an Option," which is also the title of her memoir.

"The people of South Carolina took a chance on me," Haley said. "I have a job to finish and I want to make them proud. So whether it's vice president or cabinet position, I need to finish the job that was given to me."

While Haley may not be in the running, she did mention Florida Republican Rep. Allen West as a possible choice for vice president Wednesday night on Fox News. She sought to clarify those remarks at Thursday's event.

"I'm not recommending anybody. I'm not qualified to recommend anybody," Haley said. "The vice presidential candidate, I'm not worried about that at all. We've got great people. We will have a great vice presidential candidate."

Haley came into office backed with tea party support, a group skeptical of Romney's conservative credentials. Still, Haley said it's time for the Republican Party to unite.

"I can tell you that while some members of the tea party may be disappointed, you can't please everybody all the time. But there is no one or two people that speak for the tea party. That's what makes them great," Haley said.

She later added, "We all know what we don't want."

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Filed under: 2012 • Nikki Haley • South Carolina • Tea Party
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. June T

    Haley please keep your mouth shut!! You do not speak for women. I was very insulted by your comment yesterday stating that "women don't care about contraception." Do you really want to make a wager on that?? Women absolutely care.

    April 5, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  2. Lynda/Minnesota

    "This is somebody who had thought for the last four years about how he would handle the situation had he been president," Haley said."

    Indeed. Hasn't quite made up his mind enough to articulate just what it was he would have done differently and then stuck to it, has he? Beyond pandering his 1,000 viewpoints back and forth hour after hour depending on what audience he's currently speaking to.

    Best thing about Nikki Haley is that she is as irreverent nationally as Mitt is himself.

    April 5, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  3. SUBS 4 VOTES

    Blah Blah Blah!! You should be more concerned about the people of South Carolina and your crumbling infrastructure.

    April 5, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  4. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    June T - "women don't care about contraception." Do you really want to make a wager on that?? Women absolutely care
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    Then go buy it! Don't you know it is legal and available in just every store in the country? There are even clinics where you can get it for free. You're being suckered by the looney left. Wake up.

    April 5, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Gov. Haley would best serve Mitt Romney by keeping her down, and work behind the scenes in SC.

    April 5, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  6. silvereagle

    Yeah – we all know what we don't want and that is any more of Haley.
    Haley is a self-centered, self-righteous, pompous, incompetent and corrupt politician that has no concept of governing. Governing actually requires concession, consensus building and transformational leadership, apparently all lacking in Nikki Haley. Haley has emerged as quite possibly the most corrupt, immature and incompetent chief executive that the voters of South Carolina have ever installed as our governor. She is also a hypocritical obstructionist and is stopping this state from making any progress. Haley's tenure has been nothing but scandal after scandal.

    April 5, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  7. Dave

    Yo Romney can get all up in that Williams Sonoma crowd, but when it comes to the minorities, the elderly, the middle class, the woman, the hispanics, clllege kids & the workin class his chances are the same as a black man being appointed a elder in the salt lake temple!!

    April 5, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  8. IN SC

    Gees, I was hoping she would run as VP with Romney. Even though I do not want to vote for Romney, I would do so if Haley were VP candidate so she would leave the state of SC as governor.

    April 5, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  9. thomas

    This lady should take a trip to Europe and spend more money of the taxpayers of SC.

    Latter Day Bush 2012

    April 5, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  10. MICHAEL YEBOAH

    She couldn"t even help Mitt Romney win south Carolina, what makes her think she can convince the rest of the states to vote for him as president.

    April 5, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  11. The Real Tom Paine

    @Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    June T – "women don't care about contraception." Do you really want to make a wager on that?? Women absolutely care
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    Then go buy it! Don't you know it is legal and available in just every store in the country? There are even clinics where you can get it for free. You're being suckered by the looney left. Wake up.
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    Speaking of suckers, have paid any attention to what the GOP says they will do to access to contraception, or are you still in rightie la-la land? Romney will give your loonies everything they want, just to keep himself safe from attacks. You back a lying, spineless worm.

    April 5, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    "June T – "women don't care about contraception." Do you really want to make a wager on that?? Women absolutely care
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    Then go buy it! Don't you know it is legal and available in just every store in the country? There are even clinics where you can get it for free. You're being suckered by the looney left. Wake up."

    With that kind of messaging for the GOP/Teatrolls, the Dems can practically jsut take a vacation until October.

    April 5, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  13. Really

    Georgia probably doesn't have any corporations to be raided with cheap domestic labor or outsourcing of labor. Being a "right-to-work" state Georgia has already handed over its workforce to any interested corporations for exploitation. I'm sure Haley would like to see other States experience the wealth and prosperity this has brought to the ordinary Georgian household. Georgia ranks 29th in median household income, 30th in the loss of home value, and is 45th in health insurance coverage, with 19.1% of the state’s citizens without protection. This is a model for a better America? A better America for whom?

    April 5, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  14. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    The Real Tom Paine - Speaking of suckers, have paid any attention to what the GOP says they will do to access to contraception, or are you still in rightie la-la land? Romney will give your loonies everything they want, just to keep himself safe from attacks. You back a lying, spineless worm.
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    Oh do tell oh great waster of bosses time and money! You mean let Planned Aborted Parenthood get their funding from liberals like you and Bill Maher instead of from the taxpayer? If liberals want to fund abortion GO DO IT! As long as Planned Aborted Parenthood does abortions and comingle money they should not get taxpayer money for planned killings of unborn children.

    April 5, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    "As long as Planned Aborted Parenthood does abortions and comingle money they should not get taxpayer money for planned killings of unborn children."

    But see, that's the thing. They DON'T commingle the funding. No amount of truth will dissuade you from believing it though, so it's pointless. Even presented with irrefutable proof you'd just fabricate something new as your excuse.

    April 5, 2012 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  16. kayla

    wishful thinking ms. haley

    April 5, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  17. cali girl

    Truth, my goodness.... Did someone mess up your Cheerios this morning?
    PP only does 3% of abortions in all the services that they offer. And not all pp do abortions. And it is your boy Robmey who says time and time again he is going to STOP funding for PP.
    You are just beyond control today.

    April 5, 2012 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  18. GI Joe

    She knows her friends and family in India would have even more of our jobs. What a jerkette. Keep her off the stage – she's disgustinng to look at and listen to.

    April 5, 2012 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  19. aakk

    Mr President. Keep the pressure on them.

    April 5, 2012 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  20. once upon a horse

    the very same right wingers that go vocal against Planned Parenthood ,which if followed would help prevent unwanted pregnancies, are also the FIRST to start hollering when such women give birth and that child winds up on welfare. You can not have it both ways like they want. And as a woman Nikki Haley should be ASHAMED of herself.

    April 5, 2012 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  21. Peace

    Niki the Haley is saying Romney got prepared for four years!!! If that is the case, where is his Tax Returns? What was he preparing himself, just only money in order to to go and attack his opponents!!!! He might be good for nothing!

    April 6, 2012 02:35 am at 2:35 am |