SC Gov. Haley: Republican primary race ‘so much fun’

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After eight GOP presidential debates, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is thoroughly enjoying herself.

“I think it’s so much fun,” Haley told 106.3 FM WORD‘s Bob McLain Monday. “I think what we’re watching here is we’ve got some candidates who have a lot of fire to them and are passionate about the issues. I think we’re seeing a lot of different personalities on that stage, but the one thing I love is they are talking about the things that matter.”

Haley, who has promised to endorse a candidate, has not yet decided which contender she will support. She recently benefited from a fundraiser hosted by a senior member of Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s administration. She has also hosted Rep. Michele Bachmann, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Ann Romney, wife of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

“They are talking about NLRB and unions, they are talking about the economy, they are talking about spending and debt and energy independence, and that’s what we want to see coming out of our candidates — not just what the problems are, but what the solutions are,” she said. “I still think it’s anyone’s game in South Carolina and around the country, and I hope our people in South Carolina will continue to ask the tough questions.”

Haley also promised to fight for her state’s early-voting status in the presidential primary process.

“We have always been one of the first-in-the-South primaries,” she said. “We have always been able to produce the next Republican nominee for president, and we’re going to continue to, so I’m going to support that and work hard to make that happen.”

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