Indian-American South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has reaffirmed her support to her party candidate Donald Trump in the November 8 general elections saying she will vote for him but “holds her breath” every day on what the controversial Republican will say next. “Every day I hold my breath wondering what he’s gonna say, I mean, I do,” Haley told WIBC radio’s 93.1 FM yesterday about the 70-year-old real estate tycoon known for his divisive rhetoric.
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During the primaries, Haley had endorsed Marco Rubio for presidency and had even clashed with Trump on some policy issues. She, however, said she would vote for Trump in the presidential elections next Tuesday.
“I don’t expect everybody to agree with me. What I can tell you is, I have always said that I would support the Republican nominee, that was not a big secret. Everybody’s deciding to talk about this again. But I’ve always said that I was gonna support the Republican nominee,” Haley said.
“I have not always agreed with the way Donald Trump has communicated with the public in a time when the Republican Party is more diverse than it’s ever been, is continuing to grow its tent, is continuing to pull people together, and showing that, through all the Republican governors and all their successes, you know, to see someone that communicates anything that would divide us is not something that we want,” she added.
Responding to a question, Haley said she thinks that this entire election has been “disheartening for both parties”.
At the same time, she said she was more concerned about the possibility of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton making appointments to the Supreme Court and to the cabinet.
Haley said by picking Indian Governor Mike Pence as his running mate, Trump has shown that he could be surrounded by good people.
“I will absolutely vote for Trump,” she said.
Last week at a news conference, Haley had said that the election has turned her stomach upside down.
“I think I’ve been really clear. This election has turned my stomach upside down. It has been embarrassing for both parties. It’s not something that the country deserves, but it’s what we’ve got.
“Having said that, what I will tell you is that this is no longer a choice for me on personalities because I’m not a fan of either one,” she said, referring to Trump and Clinton. “What it is about is policy.”