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Nikki Haley Boosts VP Odds by Bashing Trump

As the GOP nominations grow ever closer, the public is not only concerned with the candidate for the Presidency, but also with the person who will fill the Vice Presidency. One of the names that have come into play for this position is Nikki Haley. The South Carolina governor has, as of February 17th, endorsed Marco Rubio’s campaign. As Marco Rubio’s numbers in the polls continue to grow ever thinner between Ted Cruz, the possibility that he will face off against frontrunner Donald Trump grows ever more a possibility. As such, voters need to know who the “backup man” (or in this case woman) is to be.

Haley recently started openly bashing Trump – calling him a bully, and questioning Christie’s endorsement. She’s clearly trying to shore up support from Rubio, Kasich, or Cruz supporters. And maybe it’s working… Just this morning Rubio asked her to speak for him in Atlanta (he lost his voice).

As the GOP nominations grow ever closer, the public is not only concerned with the candidate for the Presidency, but also with the person who will fill the Vice Presidency. One of the names that have come into play for this position is Nikki Haley. The South Carolina governor has, as of February 17th, endorsed Marco Rubio’s campaign. As Marco Rubio’s numbers in the polls continue to grow ever thinner between Ted Cruz, the possibility that he will face off against frontrunner Donald Trump grows ever more a possibility. As such, voters need to know who the “backup man” (or in this case woman) is to be.

Haley recently started openly bashing Trump – calling him a bully, and questioning Christie’s endorsement. She’s clearly trying to shore up support from Rubio, Kasich, or Cruz supporters. And maybe it’s working… Just this morning Rubio asked her to speak for him in Atlanta (he lost his voice).

Who is Nikki Haley?

If you are not a South Carolina resident, or if you are not immersed into politics on a normal basis, the odds are that you have not heard the name Nikki Haley. Like many politicians this year, the name seems to have emerged out of a void and taken precedence in the political race. So who is Nikki Haley?

Nikki Haley is the current Governor of South Carolina. From a political standpoint she has shown consistency with the religious and conservative issues that are fundamental to the Republican party. Such issues include:

  • Gun Rights: Nikki Haley has a concealed weapons permit and has stated her opinions on gun restrictions to be against the Amendment to bear arms.
  • Pro-Life: As Pro-Life is a definitive mark of a Republican; it is essential that the Vice President carry this view. Nikki Haley is pro-life versus pro-choice.

Why Nikki Haley is good for the GOP

As there is a definitive female voting presence swaying to Hilary Clinton, the Republicans hope that adding Nikki Haley into the VP role would sway Democratic voters to the Republican Side. While Nikki Haley said on CBS that the GOP does not need to have a woman on the Republican ballot, it would appear that this is one of the main reasons for her consideration. This is not to say that her credentials have not made her desirable. She is a second term governor and has shown some incredible achievements for the state. These include:

  • Bringing the state from a deficit to a surplus
  • The handling of the shooting of an unarmed man effectively
  • Decreased the welfare dependents in her state by 25,000 without raising taxes
  • Received record low numbers on jobless persons during her first term
  • Is married to a Captain in the Army National Guard who served in Afghanistan, meaning that she is less opt to restrict military spending and have radical changes as her family knows firsthand what the results of such would cause.

The negative side of Nikki Haley being nominated Marco Rubio’s VP

While Nikki Haley may have sparked support in South Carolina, there is a very present negative side to her being considered a Vice President nominee. Primarily, when Nikki Haley worked alongside Mitt Romney the polls showed a decrease in women voters. This would lead voters to question whether or not Nikki Haley could help a candidate going against Hillary Clinton. Apart from the historically low poll numbers, you must also consider that some people may view Nikki Haley as being too radical. Yes, we want a strong republican who will stand for Republican values, but at the same time people want to have a candidate that can work with both sides of the aisle.

There is the elephant in the room, which needs to be addressed. In all real assessments, Nikki Haley’s nationality will come into question if she is appointed as a VP nominee. We have already seen how Ted Cruz has come under fire for his nationality. As Nikki Haley’s parents were immigrants (although legal) there will undoubtedly be an issue raised as to whether or not she is even eligible to be the Vice President. This would have a negative effect on the voters as more and more people are becoming tired of hearing the racial he-said-she-said, who-is-who nonsense. That being said, voters may be a little less apt to vote for a fully immigrated Presidential/ Vice Presidential team. Call it racist, but we can see the results of going with change from the standardized norm with Obama. Does this mean that we should vote for the token white guy in all instances – no it does not. What it means is that in all practicality there will be a large amount of voters who will reflect back upon the Obama election and ask him/herself if a change from the “successful days” (whatever that may mean) is a realistic option.

While it may be idealistic for the Republican party to put Nikki Haley, or any woman into the VP position to help sway the votes, it is not beneficial to the party when coupled with Rubio or Cruz. The only way that I would see her as a VP would be paired with Donald Trump, but even then it would be a bit shaky as their methods are so fundamentally different and their mannerisms would undoubtedly clash.

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