South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has accepted an invitation extended by House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to address the nation following President Obama’s State of the Union speech before Congress.
Considered a potential vice presidential choice, Haley is the first representative from South Carolina to respond to a State of the Union address.
“This is a time of great challenges for our country but also of great opportunities. I intend to speak about both,” Haley said in a statement released by her office.
Haley, South Carolina’s first female and first minority governor, assumed office in 2011 and has been praised for her tenure in Columbia: She has assailed the Obama Administration’s regulatory policies; opposed the White House plan to re-locate Guantanamo detainees in her state; opposed expanding Medicaid under ObamaCare; and, arguing the lack of a reliable screening process, she has fought Mr. Obama’s plans to settle Syrian refugees in South Carolina.
Haley will follow junior Iowa Senator, Joni Ernst, and Washington state Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, both of whom delivered responses to the last two State of the Union speeches.
A statement released by Senator Mitch McConnell read:
“Not only has Governor Haley fought to bring opportunity and prosperity to the people of her state, but she’s also demonstrated how bringing people together can bring real results. Governor Haley knows the American dream and wants to see every American share in it.”