Haley: 'This election has turned my stomach upside down'

Gov. Nikki Haley said the election cycle has been difficult, but she reaffirmed her support for GOP Nominee Donald Trump.

Columbia, SC (WLTX) - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley says the current election has been an embarrassment for both parties, but while she says it's not an easy vote, she reaffirmed her support for Donald Trump Wednesday.

Haley was speaking to reporters about the state's disaster recovery efforts when she was asked about the current election cycle. 

"This election has turned my stomach upside down," she said. "It has been embarrassing for both parties. It's not something that the country deserves, but it's what we've got."

Back in February, Haley supported Marco Rubio's candidacy for the Republican nomination, but he had to drop out just weeks later. She'd also made comments that seem to criticize some of Trump's most controversial statements.

But since he won the nomination, she's been asked numerous times about his candidacy, and has said before that she would vote for him, while at the same time not offering a full endorsement. But in these latest remarks, she laid out the case for casting her vote for her party's nominee. 

"The best person based on the policies and dealing with things like Obamacare still is Donald Trump. That doesn't mean it's an easy vote, but it does mean I'm watching out for the people of South Carolina and I'm watching out for the people of South Carolina and that's who I will be voting for on November 8th."

Here are her full remarks: 

"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."

"This is no longer a choice for me on personalities, because I'm not a fan other either one. What it is about is policy. And as a governor, of this state, knowing what our state's needs are and knowing the processes that are going to take place, there's a few things that worry me. One of the things is who are the directors that are going
to be put in place for those agencies, because whether it's..whether we've had to deal with the EPA, whether it's been the National Labor Relations Board, whether it's been any of the mandates from Health and Human Services that have been passed down along with education all of those issues came into play in South Carolina, and they caused us a lot of heartache. Whether it's been the Supreme Court justices we've got a lot of cases in play that we think are going to be an issue and this next presidential candidate is gonna matter and the person who eventually takes on, I can't say enough about national security. When you look at how our military's been depleted, when you look at the fact that we have not been aggressive enough and not challenged enough of what the real threat is, that's going to be important."

"So when I look at all of those I come back to say that the best person based on the policies and dealing with things like Obamacare still is Donald Trump. That doesn't mean it's an easy vote, but it does mean I'm watching out for the people of South Carolina and I'm watching out for the people of South Carolina and that's who I will be voting for on November 8th."

"The race is nearly over and I think that the country is excited that it's nearly over. I think it's been 18 months of a brutal back and forth. I think it's been 18 months of a lot of off-topic issues. Eighteen months of seeing where everyone's trying to see how they can one-up someone on story that has nothing to do related to the policies of the people of this country and so I think what I look forward to is us moving on past two weeks, dealing with whatever the results are, and moving forward."


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