Washington Times on February 2017 reported that South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley endorsed Sen. Marco Rubio’s presidential bid. Excerpts below:
“I wanted somebody with fight. I wanted somebody with passion. I wanted somebody that had conviction to do the right thing, but I wanted somebody humble enough that remembers that you work for all the people,” she said at a rally in Chapin, SC.
Losing out on the endorsements of the newspaper and the governor, Ms. Haley, was a blow to Mr. Bush, whose claim to be the chief anti-Trump candidate is quickly fading. He has seen no apparent boost from having his brother, former President George W. Bush, join him on the campaign trail in the Charleston area Monday.
Mr. Rubio, meanwhile, stayed mostly positive as he collected Ms. Haley’s endorsement. She joins his other top supporters from the state, Sen. Tim Scott and Rep. Trey Gowdy, signaling that Republicans are coalescing around Mr. Rubio and hoping he emerges as the chief alternative to Mr. Trump.
Comment: Senator Rubio has strong Republican support in South Carolina and needs to be at least third in the primary to be able to challenge Mr. Trump and Senator Cruz in the coming primaries.