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South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley flatly rejected the possibility that she could run for vice president in 2012, saying she must fulfill the commitment she made to her state when she was elected in 2010.
“The people of South Carolina took a chance on electing me,” the Republican said on ABC’s “This Week.” “It is my job and my family’s job to prove to them that they made a good decision. I plan on committing to the people of this state my full four years in office, and I look forward to watching the 2012 and making sure those policy discussions are there, but I also plan on making the people of South Carolina very proud.”
There’s “no wiggle room at all” on her stance, she continued.
“We are staying in South Carolina, and we’re going to continue to lead it in a way that makes everyone proud,” she said.
Former Speaker Newt Gingrich (Ga.), who launched his bid last week for the Republican presidential nomination, also dismissed the possibility that he could run instead for vice president.
“Can you imagine any presidential nominee who would pick me to be a vice presidential candidate? ... It strikes me as so implausible. Callista and I will not spend long hours worrying about that question,” he said, referring to his wife.
Ambreen Ali contributed to this report.