Gov. Nikki Haley voting for Donald Trump only for policy reasons

Published: Oct. 26, 2016 at 3:23 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 26, 2016 at 3:31 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Gov. Nikki Haley says she's not really happy with either of her choices for president this year, but she still plans to vote for businessman Donald Trump on Nov. 8.

Speaking at a news conference for her flood and Hurricane Matthew relief fund, Haley was asked once about voting for Trump.

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

Haley's support for Trump has been tenuous considering she once supported Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz after Rubio dropped out of the race.

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Even as other mainstream Republicans have dropped support of Trump in the last few weeks of this election cycle after video of the businessman's lewd remarks against women were released, Haley said she has decided to stick with him because of specific policy issues he espouses.

"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," Haley said. "One of the things will be who will be put into place at those agencies because 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 passed down from Health and Human Services, education -- all of those issues came into play in South Carolina, and they caused us a lot of heartache."

Haley also mentioned the 4-4 ideological make-up of the U.S. Supreme Court and that the state has several cases heading to the nation's high court.

"This next presidential candidate is going to matter," Haley said.

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