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."