S.C. Gov. Haley: ‘I Would Say No’ to VP Offer

By Fred Lucas | January 17, 2012 | 9:03 AM EST

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R.) (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)

Myrtle Beach, S.C. (CNSNews.com) – South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley told CNSNews.com she would say no if offered the vice presidential spot on the 2012 Republican ticket.

She also would reject a cabinet position, she said – because she is committed to serving as governor.

Haley has endorsed GOP frontrunner and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for president. Elected in 2010 as a Tea Party candidate, she brings some conservative clout to Romney in a decisive primary state.

CNSNews.com asked Haley, “Would you consider being a vice presidential running mate?”

“No,” Haley told CNSNews.com Monday. “I love being governor of South Carolina.”

CNSNews.com followed, “If offered you would say no?”

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“I would say no,” Haley said. “I would say no to a cabinet position. I would say no to vice president. I’m doing this (endorsing Romney) so I can have a partner in the White House, so I can be a good governor in South Carolina.”

As for Romney’s record on issues such as abortion, gun rights and health care, Haley said in a personal conversation with Romney, he assured her that he held conservative positions.