- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 4, 2016

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Gov. Nikki Haley says she’s “not interested” in serving as a vice presidential nominee.

Haley said in a statement provided to The Associated Press Wednesday that she’s “flattered” to be mentioned as a possible running mate but that her “plate is full” governing South Carolina.

Haley’s star has risen due in part to her response to the Charleston church shooting and South Carolina’s historic flooding. She gave this year’s Republican response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address.

The statement came in response to questions about whether Haley would support Donald Trump as the GOP’s nominee, now that other candidates have left the race.

Asked previously, Haley has said she’d back the eventual nominee, which she hoped would be Marco Rubio and then, after his departure, Ted Cruz.

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Kinnard can be reached at http://twitter.com/MegKinnardAP . Read more of her work at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/meg-kinnard/

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