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Gov. Haley addresses recent controversy, touts book on GMA

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By Justin Peterson
jpeterson@abcnews4.com

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C (WCIV) -- This week South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley is in the national spotlight, promoting the release of her new book Can't Is Not an Option: My American Story.

Ahead of the book's release, Haley appeared on ABC's Good Morning America on Monday to answer recent questions surrounding her.

During the interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos, Haley once again denied any interest in being selected as the republican vice presidential running mate.

"No interest at all, I love being the Governor of South Carolina," Haley said. "I would not accept, I made a promise to the people of my state and I intend to keep that promise."

When asked if GOP presidential front-runner Mitt Romney could beat President Obama, Haley said, based on the President's record, critics can't say Romney can't win.

"I will tell why I support Gov. Romney, and it's because he is not a part of the chaos that is Washington, it's because he has actually proven it. He took a failed Olympics and made it a source of pride."

Stephanopoulos also brought up a recent Gallop Poll, which shows 54 percent of female voters prefer President Obama, compared to 36 percent who support Romney.

Haley responded by saying, "I tell you the more he puts Ann Romney out there, the more people will realize he has a very strong woman at his side."

When promoting her book which will be released on Tuesday, Haley says "it is the story of my life."

"Whether you start as someone who was in the only Indian family in a small southern town going through a State House race going through a governor's race ... in the end being a wife and a mom and a governor, can't is not an option when it comes to what we do."

Haley noted that it says something about South Carolina, that she was a 38-year-old Indian American woman who was elected the state's first non-white and first female governor.

She was also asked how her children react to negative allegations against her, both during the campaign and recently.

"As a mom we do not watch the local news. We do not read the newspapers, but they can get on my bed and talk to us. They know that mom is tough," Haley said. "What I hope the media understands is these bloggers that have anonymous sources have no credibility, that the media can't pick it up."

She points to the incident last week, when reports surfaced about her possibly being indicted.

"The IRS said there was never even an examination. There was no truth to it whatsoever," Haley said. "What you saw in the campaign and we describe it in the book, what you see from last week ... is what is wrong with the media, but it is also what I hope is right as we go forward."

On Tuesday for the release of her book, Haley is scheduled to be a guest on ABC's "The View", and will also be featured in an interview with ABC News' Cynthia McFadden on "Nightline"

Also next Monday at 6 p.m., the governor will start her South Carolina book tour in Charleston at Blue Bicycle Books on King Street.

 

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