South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, endorses U.S. Senator Marco Rubio for White House nomination. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (no reporter narration) STORY: South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, viewed in Republican circles as a possible U.S. vice presidential candidate, endorsed U.S. Senator Marco Rubio for their party's 2016 White House nomination Wednesday, three days before her state's presidential primary. "Ladies and gentlemen, if we elect Marco Rubio, every day will be a great day in America, help me welcome the next president of the United States," Haley said. As he wrapped up his remarks Rubio said, "I want to close by thanking you all for being here again and of course I want to ask you for your vote, 2016 is not just another election, it truly is a turning point in the history of this country," he said. "What kind of turning point, you will have to decide," he said. "It can be as I said the greatest era in our history...or we are going to have to explain our kids how we inherited the greatest nation in human history and they got something less than that," Rubio said. The daughter of Indian immigrants, Haley, 44, seized the spotlight in January when in the Republican response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech she set herself apart from the party's presidential candidates by calling for tolerance on immigration and civility in politics. Last year she gained national attention by leading an effort to remove the Confederate battle flag from the state capitol grounds after the killing of nine black churchgoers in Charleston. The Civil War-era emblem of the Confederate South is long associated with slavery. Rubio, 44, from Florida, hopes to get a boost from South Carolina voters, where Republicans on Saturday hold their third contest after Iowa and New Hampshire to pick a party nominee for the Nov. 8 presidential election. A campaign aide to former Florida Governor Jeb Bush said Haley called Bush, also vying for the party nomination, to inform him of her plan to endorse Rubio. "Disappointed," was Bush's response to the endorsement. "She's a very good governor, and should I win the nomination, there will be a role for her in the campaign," Bush, 63, told reporters after a campaign event in Summerville, South Carolina. "Trust me, she's a great person." Haley's endorsement of Rubio was a blow to Bush, coming two days after Bush's brother, former President George W. Bush, met with Haley privately in the state capital Columbia.