South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, a tea party favorite, praised Mitt Romney's business background in endorsing him for president Friday. She plans to campaign with him ahead of the state's Jan. 21 primary.
Governor Haley was a tea party favorite in the 2010 elections, and her backing was much sought after – especially given South Carolina’s status as the third contest (Jan. 21) on the GOP nomination calendar.
In a statement released Friday morning by the Romney campaign, Haley praised Mr. Romney’s background as a businessman.
“He understands exactly how jobs are created,” Haley said. “He is not a creature of Washington, and he knows what it means to make decisions – real decisions – not simply cast a vote.”
Haley endorsed Romney for president in 2008, and Romney campaigned for her when she ran for governor. Generally, the power of endorsements is debatable, but given that Haley plans to make appearances in the state with Romney, her backing could carry some weight.