Governor Nikki Haley campaigned with former Florida Governor Jeb Bush Thursday at stops in Greenville and Lexington.
During an appearance at Hudson’s Smokehouse BBQ in Lexington, Bush sidestepped the question of him running for president in 2016. “My thoughts are, I am hoping and praying and working to elect great conservatives like Nikki Haley to reelection here and hopefully to get a majority in the United States Senate,” he told reporters with Haley at his side. “The rest of that stuff will happen later.”
He added that he would mull over a run after the election and make a decision by the end of the year.
Haley said she was grateful for Bush’s support and appearances with her. “When he offered to come we certainly took him up on it,” she said at the Lexington stop. “He is someone I think everyone can relate to how much his family has given to this country. Everybody knows what a great governor he was of Florida.”
With less than two weeks left before the election, most polls show Haley with a comfortable lead over Democratic State Sen. Vincent Sheheen, independent Tom Ervin, and two other minor candidates.
During a stop earlier in the day at Haley’s campaign office in Greenville, Bush praised the first-term governor’s efforts to recruit new industries. “She has made economic development the number one priority in this state. And jobs are growing. Incomes are growing,” he said. “She outcompetes the whole neighborhood, and all the other governors I see, consistently making the case for South Carolina. And, more often than not, people are saying ‘yes.'”
Haley said she first met Bush during her 2010 run for governor. She said the Florida governor even provided an adviser to help her staff during the transition to governor after that election.