Gov. Haley Warns Presidential Candidates: No Dirty Tricks


COLUMBIA, S.C.,None - South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley opened up about next year's presidential election Sunday and included a warning for the candidates.

Haley appeared on ABC's "This Week With Christianne Amanpour," seen on Channel 9. She talked about a number of confirmed or speculated candidates, including Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Mitch Daniels, Donald Trump and Sarah Palin.

She said whoever runs needs to leave the mudslinging out of the campaign.

"My warning to every candidate coming into South Carolina is come in and talk about the issues," Haley said. "That's what we want to hear about, but distractions are not welcome in South Carolina."

She said it was clear from her election last fall that South Carolinian voters won't allow personal attacks to be a focal point.

"We will ask the hard questions, but we will show every candidate respect," she said. The second a political consultant tries to play dirty tricks, it will backfire, and it will hurt that candidate."

Haley also vowed not to consider any offer to run for vice president and would instead serve a full, four-year term as governor.

"No! I find it silly it's being talked about," she told Amanpour when asked if she was interested in the number two post. "We are staying in South Carolina, and we're going to continue to do it in a way that makes everybody proud.

Among the other issues Haley discussed was the interest on Capitol Hill in raising the nation's debt limit. She called on the Obama administration to cut spending rather than raise the debt, saying the federal government is notorious for saying "the sky is falling" on debt issues.