Nikki Haley responds to Colbert campaign for Senate with jab from April interview

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South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley responded Friday to comedian Stephen Colbert’s online campaign to fill a U.S. Senate seat soon to be vacated by Republican Jim DeMint.

“Stephen, thank you for your interest in South Carolina’s U.S. Senate seat and for the thousands of tweets you and your fans sent me,” the South Carolina governor posted on Facebook. Haley is responsible for appointing DeMint’s successor until a special election can be held in 2014.

Thursday, DeMint announced that he would be leaving his Senate seat to take the helm at the Heritage Foundation. Shortly after that announcement, the Colbert for Senate movement began — one the comedian happily embraced.

“Nation! Tell @nikkihaley why I should take over for Jim DeMint!#SenatorColbert Could our Better Tomorrow be… Tomorrow?” Colbert tweeted.

Haley reminded Colbert, however, that he might not be fully in touch with the state.

“But you forget one thing, my friend,” she wrote. “You didn’t know our state drink. Big, big mistake,” she wrote, linking to her March appearance on Colbert’s show, The Colbert Report, when she outperformed him in a state trivia quiz.

And the state drink of South Carolina? Milk.

“I didn’t realize my state was wo boring,” Colbert quipped during the April 3 interview.


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