Gov. Nikki Haley respects that Hillary Clinton is running for president, but said she has nothing politically in common with the Democrats’ clear front-runner.
“I don’t have a single policy that I think I agree with Hillary Clinton on,” Haley said on CBS’ “This Morning” show on Wednesday.
“But I respect the fact that she’s put herself out there. I respect the fact that she’s gonna do this.”
Haley’s remarks about Clinton came during a taped segment with “This Morning” co-host Nora O’Donnell that was filmed last month at the Governor’s Mansion.
Much of the segment centered on Haley’s influence in the 2016 GOP presidential race heading toward South Carolina’s first-in-the-South presidential primary.
Haley gave words of support for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and current Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, both of whom she described as friends and confidants.
But she stopped short of endorsing anyone.
“If there’s somebody that I really want to fight for, I’ll definitely get out there,” she said. Haley endorsed Mitt Romney in 2012.
Haley, one of three female Republican governors in the U.S., also rejected assertions that Republicans have a problem attracting women voters, or that Republicans need a woman on the ticket in 2016.
O’Donnell pointed out that 2012 saw the largest gender gap ever, with Romney and the GOP ticket losing female voters by 12 percent.
“No, I don’t think so. I mean you look at the Republican women governors that are all fantastic,” Haley responded.
Haley also was asked to comment on last month’s fatal shooting in North Charleston of Walter Scott, who was running away when he was struck multiple times in the back by bullets fired by officer Michael Slager.
“The difference between South Carolina and the difference between what is happening in Baltimore is it was ‘all hands on deck,’ ” Haley said. “It was transparency and communication. There’s always going to be someone that disappoints us. But what we can do is how we respond to it.”
During the chatter at the end of the segment, O’Donnell erred in crediting Haley with instituting ethics reform in the state. Haley has prodded lawmakers to pass ethics reforms in the wake of former House Speaker Bobby Harrell resigning after being convicted of violating campaign laws, but nothing has been approved.
Haley was not present to respond.
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