S.C. Gov. Haley: ‘I Would Say No’ to VP Offer

January 17, 2012 - 9:03 AM

Nikki Haley

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R.) (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)

Myrtle Beach, S.C. (CNSNews.com) – South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley told CNSNews.com she would say no if offered the vice presidential spot on the 2012 Republican ticket.

She also would reject a cabinet position, she said – because she is committed to serving as governor.

Haley has endorsed GOP frontrunner and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for president. Elected in 2010 as a Tea Party candidate, she brings some conservative clout to Romney in a decisive primary state.

CNSNews.com asked Haley, “Would you consider being a vice presidential running mate?”

“No,” Haley told CNSNews.com Monday. “I love being governor of South Carolina.”

CNSNews.com followed, “If offered you would say no?”

“I would say no,” Haley said. “I would say no to a cabinet position. I would say no to vice president. I’m doing this (endorsing Romney) so I can have a partner in the White House, so I can be a good governor in South Carolina.”

As for Romney’s record on issues such as abortion, gun rights and health care, Haley said in a personal conversation with Romney, he assured her that he held conservative positions.