Haley says no to V.P.
August 18th, 2011
04:24 PM ET
11 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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  1. T'sah from Virginia

    "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,"

    What is it with asking every Tom, Dick, Harry and Sue on the RIGHT to "be something!" If it's not Christie, it's Huntsmann. If it's not Huntsmann, it's Barbour, and so on. Now it's Haley!! I give Haley a "little" more brains to realize she has sense enough not to be part of "ANYTHING" that is running now!!! Who wants to be SECOND to all of Null and Void candidates running in the FIRST position??? Please!!!

    Obama/Biden 2012!

    August 18, 2011 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  2. Breed11

    Indian woman vice president. This country truly is declining.

    August 18, 2011 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  3. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    Why hasnt she produced her long form birth certificate for review? Why is she spending millions to hide it? Why is she trying to force Hindu law on the people of South Carolina?

    August 18, 2011 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  4. thomas

    Just like Perry said no .

    August 18, 2011 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  5. Daniel

    Haley was elected in 2010. Ms. Schwarz may want to edit that point.

    August 18, 2011 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  6. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I would hope that she would finish her term and show how bad a governor she is. I hope that she understands that the Tea party support isn't always a good thing. It can be a fickle beast. It will leave you the minute you deviate from what they want which could also change.

    August 18, 2011 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  7. I gots the itch

    So....another Tea Party member...telling the rest of US....how having our medicare / social security and medicaid taken away will do us WAAAYYY better than what we have now. The GOP will lose because when it comes right down to it....people WANT their social security...medicare / medicaid.....MORE than they want the tea party.

    August 18, 2011 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  8. John Trice

    South Carolina was in line for $143 million in funds for education from the federal government. Governor Haley turned it down. Said she did not want it. The money she turned down went to the other 49 states, District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

    Does that sound very bright to anyone here?

    August 18, 2011 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  9. Alex

    She probably already knows Birthers will claim she's ineligible because her parents were born in India (according to her bio on Wikipedia), so she's not wasting her time. She might a contender in 2016 but right now the Republican field is too much of a gong show for 2012.

    August 18, 2011 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
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