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As Gov. Haley's star rises, she could have an interesting 2016

Gov. Haley provided daily updates during the state's flooding crisis in October. (Photo Source: SCETV) Gov. Haley provided daily updates during the state's flooding crisis in October. (Photo Source: SCETV)
An emotional Gov. Nikki Haley talked about the mass murder of nine people inside a Charleston church. (Photo Source: Live 5) An emotional Gov. Nikki Haley talked about the mass murder of nine people inside a Charleston church. (Photo Source: Live 5)
Gov. Nikki Haley (Photo Source: Live 5) Gov. Nikki Haley (Photo Source: Live 5)
COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC/WIS) -

Two separate national news outlets have South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley on lists of politicians to watch in the next year, stoking speculation about life after the State House for Haley.

Talk of a political career beyond the South Carolina State House for Governor Nikki Haley isn't exactly new; her election from House representative to the Governor's Office brought her national attention.

"Haley is obviously the first woman governor of South Carolina and I think that would be appealing to the Republican Party," CNN Politics reporter Gregory Kreig said.

CNN listed Haley among the nine politicians to watch in 2016, citing her response to the Charleston Church shooting, the debate over the Confederate Battle Flag, and the flooding crisis in October as major boosts to her national credibility. 

"She came through it from a political perspective looking very in control," Kreig said.

Haley has fielded questions about 2016 throughout 2015, first taking questions after her double digit reelection victory.

Each time, Haley has expressed commitment to the state. But she did change did say she was open to discussions with presidential candidates on the VP seat during an event at Washington's National Press Club.

"If there is a time where a presidential nominee wants to sit down and talk, of course I'll sit down and talk," Haley said on Sept. 2.

An offer to join the Republican ticket isn't guaranteed, nor does it mean a guaranteed victory.

But, limited to two terms, there is no chance for re-election when the governor's term is up, making Washington an enticing option.

"Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott are going to be in the Senate for some time, it's not like there's a natural step for her after she leaves the governor's mansion," Kreig said.

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