Rising star

S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley will deliver Republican response to State of the Union

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley . (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has been selected to deliver the Republican party’s response to President Obama’s State of the Union address on January 12. Haley, long considered a rising star in the party, rose to national visibility earlier this year when she called for the removal of the Confederate flag after the Charleston church shooting, and is now considered a possible vice presidential candidate, according to The State. She was chosen for the address by House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Haley said she will deliver an “address” rather than “response” to Obama, of whom she has been a sharp critic during her tenure. One issue on which she’s come down hard on are Obama’s plans to cut the National Guard, in which her husband serves.

“This is a time of great challenges for our country, but also of great opportunities. I intend to speak about both,” Haley said in a statement. For those keeping score at home, Haley will be the third woman in four years to deliver the Republican response, following U.S. Senator Joni Enrst of Iowa last year, and U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington in 2013 and U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida, who delivered the Spanish language response that year.

Read the full story at The State.

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