February 6, 2016

GOVERNING EXPERIENCE AND VISION NARROWS IT TO ONE:

Gov. Nikki Haley mum on possible presidential endorsement, but speculation swirls around Rubio, Bush (Cynthia Roldan and Emma Dumain, Feb 4 2016, Post and Courier)

Back at the Statehouse, Rep. Rick Quinn, R-Cayce, said he believed Haley could pick Rubio or Bush, but not a candidate who doesn't do well in New Hampshire.

"She's going to want to pick somebody who has substantial support in future states," Quinn said. "I don't see her weighing in on a candidate who doesn't have a shot at winning the nomination."

Governors who hesitate to endorse sometimes do so if they're expected to be on the short list for vice president, said Scott Huffmon, political science professor at Winthrop University. Huffmon said Haley endorsing Rubio or Bush wouldn't be a surprise, but more improbable for Bush.

"As long as whoever she endorses ends up winning the nomination, it would be very big for her," Huffmon said.

Haley's office did not immediately return a request for comment. Haley did say on Jan. 27 that when she endorsed Mitt Romney in 2012, she made her decision in a week's time.

Sen. Tom Davis, R-Beaufort, said he expects Haley to follow her conscience if she endorses.

"I think at the end of the day, if Gov. Haley decides to endorse it'll be because she believes the candidate has a vision for the country and an understanding of governing principles is similar to hers," Davis said.

The Bush/Haley ticket is a natural.

Posted by at February 6, 2016 7:41 AM

  

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