COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - Mitt Romney announced Friday morning that South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is endorsing his bid for the Republican presidential nomination. Haley also backed Romney in 2008 when she was a state representative.
"It is an honor to have the endorsement of Governor Haley," Romney said. "As a successful businesswoman who entered public service so government could better serve the people, Governor Haley's career-long efforts to reform government, make government more accountable to the taxpayers, and fight wasteful spending should be examples for leaders across the country. These conservative principles of smaller government are what I am fighting for in my campaign and will be the basis for restoring economic prosperity and fiscal health."
According to Politico, Haley will make the announcement on the FOX network show "Fox and Friends" on Friday morning. Haley's endorsement gives Romney an important boost ahead of South Carolina's primary next month.
"The election next November will have ramifications for generations," Haley said in a press release from Romney's office. "Neither South Carolina nor the nation can afford four more years of President Obama, and Mitt Romney is the right person to take him on and get America back on track. He is a conservative businessman who has spent his life working in the economy, and he understands exactly how jobs are created."
Romney will be in the Lowcountry this weekend to host two town hall meetings. The first will be in Charleston at Memminger Auditorium at 9:15 a.m.
"He is not a creature of Washington, and he knows what it means to make decisions – real decisions – not simply cast a vote," Haley said. "Our country will need real leadership to undo President Obama's failed policies, and replace them with the conservative principles Mitt Romney learned turning around businesses and a failing Olympics and successfully, conservatively governing a Democratic state. I am proud to endorse him and will work my hardest to ensure he is elected so we can turn around our country."
Later Saturday, Romney will be in the Grand Strand at 2:20 p.m. to speak at Horry Georgetown Technical College.