Indian-American Nikki Haley is not considering a vice presidential run in US election later this year,saying it would be “wrong” to leave the work she is doing as South Carolina governor unfinished.
40-year-old Haley,the daughter of Indian immigrants from Punjab,said she “would say no” if asked to consider running as the Republican party’s vice presidential running mate.
“How could I do that to the people of the state (South Carolina). They took such a chance on me and gave me the opportunity to show them what work I can do. It is my responsibility to finish the job that I’ve been given. It would be wrong to leave it,” Haley said in an interview to the New York Times.
She said she has not thought about what her future goals will be.
“I’ve never been a planner. I didn’t know I was going to run for the State House. I didn’t know I was going to run for governor. I don¿t know what’s next,and I love not thinking about it because the doors open at a certain time,” she said.
Haley is the first Indian American woman to serve as governor of a US state and the second from the community,after Bobby Jindal,to get elected to the post.
She was in the city to release her memoir ‘Can’t is not an option.’
Haley said she was inspired by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to run for office after being told by many that she was too young to run for office and that she had small children to take care of.
Haley heard Clinton’s keynote address at Birmingham University in which “she said that when it comes to women running for office,there will be everybody that tells you why you shouldn’t but that’s all the reasons why we need you to do it.”
Haley said by the end of the Clinton’s lecture,she had decided that she would run for office.
Haley’s 240-page memoir chronicles her life from the time she was a young Nimrata Nikki Randhawa living in South Carolina’s rural town Bamberg with her parents and three siblings.
She talks about the lessons her family taught her to not give up in the face of any adversity.
She says her parents Raj and Ajit Randhawa always stressed that if she worked hard and stayed true to herself,she will be able to overcome any obstacle.
“When you grow up with the challenges I did,that’s the motto I lived by. My parents always used to tell us not to complain about things,but do something about them so ‘Can’t is not an option’ was almost a way of life,” she said in the Times interview.