Haley Responds to Convention Nod
First-term governor will have a national audience.
Last evening, multiple media outlets reported that Nikki Haley was one of the first wave of speakers to be selected to speak at the Republican National Convention later this month in Tampa.
Today, Gov. Haley issued a statement in response to the nod:
“The future generations of our children and our grandchildren are at stake in this election. While Americans work to build their businesses and create jobs, leaders of the Democratic party have spent more than three years raising taxes, increasing spending and taking away our health care choices. The Republican National Convention will be a time for not just our party but our country to come together and get behind Mitt Romney as the next president of the United States. I look forward to being a part of this historic event."
Beth Myers, who heads Gov. Mitt Romney's vice-presidential vetting team, called Haley last week with an invitation to speak. Myers said:
"A military wife and mother of two, Nikki Haley is one of our party's brightest stars and most energetic leaders. Governor and Mrs. Romney got to know the Haleys when Nikki was still a little-know legislator fighting to give South Carolinians the good government they deserve, and she's been a great friend and ally ever since. The Romneys have tremendous respect for what Governor Haley has accomplished in Columbia and what she represents for the future of our country."
Anticipating further speculation about Haley's vice-presidential chances, the governor's spokesman Rob Godfrey released the following statement:
"No matter how many times she’s asked, the answer remains the same: Governor Haley has made it very clear that, while she's a huge supporter of Governor Romney and will do whatever she can to help him win the White House, she is not interested in being vice president. Period."
Haley endorsed Romney in December before the South Carolina primary, but it was not enough to bring the former Massachusetts governor a win in the Palmetto State. Haley has also campaigned on behalf of Romney in Michigan and New Hampshire.