South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley says she doesn't want to be vice president

Wednesday, July 25, 2012 2:31 PM
Last updated Thursday, July 26, 2012 2:19 AM
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AIKEN — The 2012 Republican presidential ticket won’t read Romney-Haley, according to South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.

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South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley signs a pension reform bill at an Aiken Republican Club meeting, where she spoke to honor retiring state Sen. Greg Ryberg.   SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
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South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley signs a pension reform bill at an Aiken Republican Club meeting, where she spoke to honor retiring state Sen. Greg Ryberg.

Haley, in Aiken on Wednes­day to speak at the July meeting of the Aiken Re­pub­lican Club and to honor retiring state Sen. Greg Ry­berg, said that although she is working hard to get former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney elected, she will not quit her job as governor.

“I love my job, and I love the state of South Carolina,” she said. “You took a chance on me, and I’m not going to accept a Cabinet position and I’m not going to be a running mate.”

She and her staff are in frequent contact with the Romney campaign, she said, and she will campaign heavily in addition to her duties as governor.

“We can’t afford four more years of President Obama,” she said. “We will win, but we need you to stay educated.”

Mary Schultz, an Aiken resident and Haley supporter, said that although she believes Haley would make an excellent vice president, she is glad to hear South Carolina will have her as governor.

“It’s one of the best things for South Carolina, we need her leadership,” Schultz said. “But as a candidate for a federal position, she would be great.”

Bob Nichols said that Haley will probably be a contender in future national races but that it’s just a matter of timing.

“She’s the right person at the right time for South Carolina,” he said at Wednes­day’s event.

Haley honored Ryberg, a longtime lawmaker, with a ceremonial signing of the recent pension reform bill, an issue Ryberg championed much of his political career. The bill reduced the state’s debt by $2 billion and will save taxpayers $300 million annually by increasing employee contributions by 1.5 percent over three years and phasing out the Teachers and Employee Retention Incentive program by 2018. On Jan. 1, the bill will stop state employees who officially retire and then return to work from getting two checks after their regular pay for the year reaches $10,000.

State Rep. Tom Young Jr., who is running to fill Ryberg’s seat, said the senator’s persistence and dedication to serve those who elected him will be missed.

“He has been a champion for the taxpayers for more than 20 years, and he’s never forgotten where he came from,” Young said.

The governor awarded Ryberg the Order of the Palmetto, South Carolina’s highest civilian honor.

For his part, Ryberg thanked the governor, his wife, Betty, and his staff for their help over his 20-year career. He insisted, however, that what he did while in office was simply his duty as an elected official.

“I just thought I was doing my job,” he said.

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DMPerryJr
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DMPerryJr 07/25/12 - 01:45 pm
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Glad To Hear It

I don't know if I could stand a replay of the media circus surrounding Mac/Palin in 2008.

Newsflash
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Newsflash 07/25/12 - 02:17 pm
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“I just thought I was doing my job,”

And after 20 years it's like Ryberg stuck his arm in a 5 gallon bucket of water....upon removal their is no indication it was ever there. A good man but little progress is made short of senatorial raises and wallet padding........As far as the Gov....she's not ready for prime time and seems smart enough to admit it. Tom Young will easily win Rybergs seat and inherit his shoeshine box.....and will likely schlep 20 years on the government dole. Congratulations to Ryberg on receiving Order of the Palmetto. Nice accolade.

dwb619
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dwb619 07/25/12 - 02:21 pm
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ready

Oh, she was ready,if Romney had picked her!

useful
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useful 07/25/12 - 04:37 pm
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It's A good thing that gov.

It's A good thing that gov. Haley does not want run for v.p. I do'nt think she could carry SC.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/25/12 - 05:49 pm
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Nikki Haley is the best

Nikki Haley is the best governor SC has ever had. Now I wonder if I can catch her at the hotel bar for a drink.

onlysane1left
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onlysane1left 07/25/12 - 06:32 pm
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Hmmm, isn't Gov. Haley

Hmmm, isn't Gov. Haley considered an anchor baby, or does that only count for hispanics?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/25/12 - 07:39 pm
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Haley's parents were LEGAL

Haley's parents were LEGAL immigrants, like most of our forefathers were.

KSL
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KSL 07/25/12 - 10:23 pm
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Great comment, RM.

Great comment, RM.

HighSociety
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HighSociety 07/25/12 - 11:00 pm
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RM, Good luck on that one

RM, Good luck on that one buddy!

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 07/26/12 - 05:24 am
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That was funny Riverman

Haley would jump at the chance if she were asked. I'm glad she doesn't want to be VP because I don't want her to be either.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/26/12 - 08:00 am
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Glad the bright ones caught

Glad the bright ones caught it.

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 07/26/12 - 12:31 pm
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Riverman

We're Charlstonians, we always understand each other.

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