South Carolina’s Governor is an up and coming star in conservative circles.
Yes, she’s had a few missteps and there have been moments of disagreement between Nikki Haley (R-SC) and conservatives, but in general she’s become a stalwart defender of conservative values. Which made her endorsement (as well as the endorsements from fellow South Carolinians Trey Gowdy and Tim Scott ) of Marco Rubio (R-FL) so very important. Well, now Rubio is out of the race and the only candidates still standing are the liberal John Kasich (R-OH), the conservative Ted Cruz (R-TX), and the unknown Donald Trump – which means that Rubio’s former supporters all have an important choice to make.
On Wednesday, Nikki Haley became one of the first major GOP voices to make her choice when she announced that she would be supporting Ted Cruz.
“I thought that Marco Rubio was and is an amazing public servant. I think that he really tapped into so much of what people want in terms of the American dream. I think he had a lot of knowledge in terms of what they had to do, but it obviously wasn’t his time. You know the only thing I can say now is my hope and my prayer is that Sen. Cruz can come through this and that he can really get to where he needs to go. Because we do want a strong leader, we do wan someone that is a conservative, we do want someone that is action-minded.”
When asked if she would be “formally” endorsing Cruz, Haley responded that she didn’t feel the need to do that, but she admitted that Cruz was the man she wanted to see become the nominee and the next President.
“I’ll tell you that’s who I privately am fighting for. If anybody asks me, that’s what I want to see happen. I very much want to see Senator Cruz now be able to move through the ranks and get that top position…
I think he’s been disciplined the way that he’s done it, and I think through the strange parts of the election, he hasn’t let that get to him, and I think that’s really important in order to see this through.”
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