It isn’t by any means the first time that South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has been bandied about as a potential vice presidential pick. As a Tea Party superstar, a woman and an early Mitt Romney supporter, it was inevitable that she would be on a short list. So it’s not surprising that Haley is being asked if she would accept if offered the ticket. And, as she almost always does, Haley answered no.
ABC News reports the Haley remarked, “I’d say, ‘Thank you, but no…I made a promise to the people of this state. And I think that promise matters. And I intend to keep it.”
It’s very similar to back in May, when she told Roll Call, “I plan on committing to the people of this state my full four years in office, and I look forward to watching the 2012 and making sure those policy discussions are there, but I also plan on making the people of South Carolina very proud.”
As Romney continues to lose ground with women voters, especially those under the age of 50, a Haley pick would be the perfect choice to balance the ticket. A young, female, socially conservative politician, she would be able to shore up many of Romney’s perceived weaknesses.
Without Haley as an option, are there any other candidates that could hit so many key demographics? You can be sure that is a question Romney’s campaign is searching for an answer to as well.
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