Aide: Haley has no vice presidential interest

Governor Nikki Haley

Brett Flashnick

Gov. Nikki Haley's office has squashed persistent talk that she might be interested in joining the Republicans' 2012 presidential ticket as the nominee's running mate.

Press Secretary Rob Godfrey said Friday that Haley is dedicated to finishing out her four-year term that ends in 2014.

"The governor loves doing the job the people of South Carolina elected her to do and is not interested in the vice presidential nomination," he said.

Haley's national prominence has risen in recent weeks, largely as she responds to the National Labor Relations Board's complaint against Boeing Co. and its decision to open a 787 Dreamliner factory in North Charleston.

Speculation about her future surfaced again Thursday when Haley made an appearance on conservative radio host Mike Gallagher's syndicated show.

A main topic during her 10-minute interview was Boeing, but Gallagher also asked Haley if she'd be interested in the VP slot.

"I think I am very aware that I am the flavor of the month, which is what happens in politics," she said. "And I will tell you, they need to focus on the top of the ticket."

She went on to say, "I love being governor of South Carolina. I have loved fighting 'Obamacare' from the state leadership level. I have loved fighting these labor unions from the state leadership level. There's a lot of federal issues that are being pushed on the states. And the more they pushed on us, the more I'm pushing back."

A post on the political blog The Hill said the Republican governor had left the door open to "rounding out the party's ticket next fall."

Names of other South Carolina Republican governors have surfaced during previous election cycles as potential second-slot candidates. Former Gov. Carroll A. Campbell Jr. was among those mentioned as possible replacements for Dan Quayle during a rocky part of the George H.W. Bush presidency.

And former Gov. Mark Sanford's name was kicked around as a vice presidential contender for Arizona Sen. John McCain in 2008.

Sanford also might have been viable this cycle, if not for the scandal surrounding his extramarital affair.

Haley already has been visited by some GOP presidential hopefuls. She will appear at a Columbia tea party rally May 19 at the Statehouse with Donald Trump.