Governor Nikki Haley Seen as Potential Republican Vice Presidential Pick

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WASHINGTON — South Carolina's Indian American Governor Nikki Haley's choice to give the Republican response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address has fueled speculation about her as a potential vice presidential pick.

Born Nimrata "Nikki" Randhawa, to Sikh immigrant parents from India, Haley at 43 the youngest governor in the country will give the Republican response to Obama's final annual address to the Congress this week.

A day later she will speak to Republican leaders gathered for the Republican National Committee's winter meeting in Charleston at a private event aboard the USS Yorktown in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, the influential Politico reported citing sources.
The following day, just before Republican presidential hopefuls gather for the debate, Haley is expected to have a private meeting with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, according to a source familiar with her plans.

"All this comes on the back of a strong year that saw her prospects in the veepstakes improve as Haley signed off on legislation removing the Confederate flag from Columbia and oversaw a state battered by a tragic massacre and a massive flood," the Politico said.

In August, at the RNC summer meeting in Cleveland, Haley was invited to be its luncheon headliner, the Politico noted.

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South Carolina’s Indian American Governor Nikki Haley seen addressing a Newsmaker Luncheon at the National Press Club Sept. 2, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

In recent months, Haley has fostered a close relationship with Christie as well as with two other Republican White House hopefuls: Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush, it said.

Over the course of the primary campaign, she has been exchanging text messages with all three candidates.

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