Haley's appearances outside SC raise questions

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina Republican gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley is talking international politics as she travels across the country to raise money.

A Chicago-based group named Indian American Friends of Nikki held a fundraiser earlier this month in Chicago. According to the India Post, Haley said at the event she favors an Indo-US nuclear deal and supports India's inclusion as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. Both are touchy international issues.

Haley's campaign declined Wednesday to further explain her stance. Spokesman Rob Godfrey says Haley was answering questions from the audience, and her out-of-state fundraising shows she is well liked.

A political scientist says it fuels speculation about Haley's long-term political ambitions.

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