SC Gov. Nikki Haley Disses Sarah Palin

SC Gov. Nikki Haley (R), a Palin protege


Newly elected South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) got where she is in no small part because of an enthusiastic endorsement last year from Sarah Palin.

Haley may or may not be grateful for that, but she made it clear on Sunday that she does not think she owes Palin anything for the boost.

On ABC's "This Week," Haley would not say whether she would endorse Palin if the former vice presidential candidate and Alaska governor decides to run for president in 2012. Haley's endorsement will be highly sought after; South Carolina is a key primary state in the race for the Republican nomination.

She was carefully neutral under questioning from host Jake Tapper. "I want all the candidates to come to South Carolina," Haley said. "I want the people of South Carolina to get to see them the way that I know them. I want them to campaign hard, and then when the right time comes I will endorse. But there is no one that I feel like I owe at this time."