A daily look at how the presidential candidates of both parties are trying to win the “First in the South” primary.
Gov. Nikki Haley said Wednesday that she would consider joining the Republican ticket as a vice presidential candidate next year if the party’s nominee asks her.
During an appearance at the National Press Club on Wednesday, Haley downplayed the idea, saying she wants to keep the promise to serve out her term. But, when pressed by the event’s moderator, the governor said she would consider it, if asked.
“If there is a time where a presidential nominee wants to sit down and talk, of course I will sit down and talk,” she said. “But I am very aware, you have 16 really great (GOP) candidates. That means you’re going to have 15 very good potential vice presidential candidates.”
She also would not rule out even being a candidate should Donald Trump win the nomination, joking about who had put her up to the question. But she did say the current frontrunner he should stop making personal attacks on his opponents and critics.
“Every time someone criticizes him, he goes and makes a political attack back,” Haley said. “That’s not who we are as Republicans. That’s not what we do.”
Haley was at the event in Washington on Wednesday to speak on race relations in the South, particularly in her home state. She said the Republican Party can offer a strong message for minorities through emphasizing economic growth and improving education, but she said the GOP often has trouble communicating its message. “The problem for our party is that our approach often appears cold and unwelcoming to minorities,” she said. “That’s shameful and that has to change.”
— Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is in Rock Hill Thursday morning to participate in a legal forum hosted by the Conservative Leadership Project. The event at Winthrop University begins at 11:00 a.m., and is hosted by state Attorney General Alan Wilson. Huckabee toured Beaufort and Colleton counties on Wednesday, stopping briefly in Hilton Head to express support for a Kentucky clerk of court who is fighting a court order by refusing to grant same-sex marriage licenses. Even though the Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis is a Democrat, Huckabee said she is “showing more courage, more conviction, and a better understanding of the Constitution than virtually any elected official in America.”
— Meanwhile, former Pennsylvania U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum spoke to students at Spartanburg Methodist College on Wednesday, then fired guns at a Greenville indoor shooting range to rally support for the 2nd Amendment. Santorum criticized the current U.S. policy to “contain” ISIS, with the Herald-Journal newspaper reporting him as saying “you could not have a worse strategy based on what ISIS is.”
— A SuperPAC that is trying to get Vice President Joe Biden to enter the 2016 presidential race is organizing its operations in South Carolina. The “Draft Biden” group announced its South Carolina officers on Wednesday as contradicting rumors continue to circulate as to whether or not the Vice President is interested in another run for the White House. State Sen. Gerald Malloy, D-Darlington, and former South Carolina Education Superintendent Inez Tenenbaum will serve as the co-chairs of the South Carolina Draft Biden movement.
— A super PAC backing Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s run for the White House announced a $9.25 million ad buy for South Carolina and the other early primary states Iowa and New Hampshire. The New York Times reports the purchase by the Unintimidated PAC comes as Walker tries to right his campaign after plummetting in recent polls to the gain of Donald Trump and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson. The new buy includes $8 million in South Carolina.