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Nikki Haley: Don't think about me for 2012 veep

May 15, 2011|By Katherine Skiba | Washington Bureau
  • South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley speaks at a "tea party" rally in Columbia, S.C., in April.
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley speaks at a "tea party" rally… (Gerry Melendez / Associated…)

South Carolina’s new governor, Nikki Haley, made clear Sunday she wanted no part of the Republican veepstakes.

Haley, appearing on ABC’s “This Week,” was unequivocal about sitting out the contest.

“I find it silly that it's being talked about, but I will tell you this,” she told host Christiane Amanpour. “The people of South Carolina took a chance on electing me. It is my job and my family's job to prove to them that they made a good decision. I plan on committing to the people of this state my full four years in office, and I look forward to watching 2012 and making sure those policy discussions are there, but I also plan on making the people of South Carolina very proud.

“I represent the best state in the country," Haley said. "There's no better job than that.” 

Haley, 39, is the first woman and first minority -- she's the daughter of Indian immigrants -- to serve as South Carolina governor. Haley was sworn in in January.

kskiba@tribune.com

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