Nikki Haley told NBC's "Today" show Wednesday she already was picking up momentum in the Republican primary when Palin came to Columbia to endorse her.
But Haley says it's too soon to say she would back Palin for president in 2012.
Haley says she's proud to be a product of the tea party movement. She says that movement tries to fight what she called "arrogance" by Republicans and Democrats.
Haley again downplayed the significance of becoming the first woman governor in South Carolina, saying what she hopes to accomplish as governor is more important.