South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley to Deliver Republican Response to State of the Union Speech


South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley will deliver the Republican response to President Obama’s State of the Union speech next week.

The appointment by Senate and House Republican leaders will only further speculation that the second-term governor of the state that holds the South’s pivotal first primary on Feb. 20 is a potential vice presidential candidate in 2016.

Haley, the daughter of Indian immigrants, has seen her political stock rise since she engineered the removal of the Confederate flag from the state Capitol grounds after the June mass shooting at a prominent black church in Charleston.

“Nikki Haley has led an economic turnaround and set a bold agenda for her state, getting things done and becoming one of the most popular governors in America,” House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin said. “In a year when the country is crying out for a positive vision and alternative to the status quo, Governor Haley is the exact right choice to deliver the Republican address to the Nation.”

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SOURCE: USA Today, Mary Troyan