South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley reiterated in a statement Friday that she would not appoint herself to the seat being vacated by Sen. Jim DeMint when he resigns in January, and emphasized that she would appoint someone with her and DeMint's "philosophy of government."
"I want to make two things clear from the outset," said Haley. "Number one, I will not take the appointment myself. Number two, I will appoint a person who has the same philosophy of government that Jim DeMint and I share."
Haley had also said she didn't intend to appoint herself during a radio interview Thursday.
The governor also said she would make the decision quickly.
Speculation has settled on GOP Rep. Tim Scott, a conservative who would be the only African American in the Senate, as the frontrunning contender for the appointment -- but there are a slew of possibilities for Haley to consider.
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