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South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, left, and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal wait for President Barack Obama to speak to the members of the National Governors Association, Monday, Feb. 27, 2012, in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, left, and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal wait for President Barack Obama to speak to the members of the National Governors Association, Monday, Feb. 27, 2012, in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)  

SC governor to appoint senator with DeMint’s ‘philosophy of government’

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley on Friday revealed details about her plan to appoint a U.S. senator to replace Jim DeMint, the Republican who announced Friday he plans to resign his seat in January.

“I want to make two things clear from the outset,” Haley, a Republican, said Friday. “Number one, I will not take the appointment myself. Number two, I will appoint a person who has the same philosophy of government that Jim DeMint and I share.”

It has been reported that DeMint privately expressed a desire for Haley to appoint Rep. Tim Scott, a black Republican, to the seat. But others including Rep. Mick Mulvaney and former Attorney General Henry McMaster are expected to be under consideration.

“Appointing a new member of the U.S. Senate is a solemn duty, and I take this responsibility with utmost seriousness,” Haley said. “I will make this decision in a manner that is thoughtful and dignified, but also quickly.” (RELATED: Matt Lewis: Tim Scott for Senate)

“With all the challenges we face as a state and nation, it is essential that the next senator from South Carolina be dedicated to the principles that our state most values,” she said.

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