S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley has previously taken herself out of the running for the No. 2 spot on a national Republican ticket, but that didn’t stop her choice for the No. 1 spot from putting her on his short list for the position.
“I’ll give you some names I’ll consider,” former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said during a telephone town hall on Friday night. He then rattled off the names of several governors including Chris Christie (New Jersey), Mitch Daniels (Indiana), Bobby Jindal (Louisiana), Susana Martinez (New Mexico), Bob McDonald (Virginia), Brian Sandoval (Nevada) and of course, Haley.
Romney also named former governors Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota, Mike Huckabee of Arkansas and Haley Barbour of Mississippi, as well as U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and CIA director David Petraeus.
How does Haley stack up on that list? Well, she failed to make a hypothetical short list of Romney veep picks published two weeks ago by U.S. News, and if Romney fails to carry the Palmetto State on Saturday, her stock is likely to plummet even further.
Haley’s endorsement of Romney last month – which most agree has been a non-factor and possibly even a net negative for his campaign – hasn’t been well-received in South Carolina, where Haley’s support has imploded after just one year on the job.
Last month, a Winthrop University poll revealed that Haley – billed in the national press as a “popular governor” – had an anemic 34.6 percent approval rating in South Carolina, including a 52.5 percent approval rating among Republicans.