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Nikki Haley to endorse Marco Rubio

Nikki Haley to endorse Marco Rubio

Haley said she wants a president who is going to have the backs of military veterans, and those in active duty.

"We are not in grade school where you just get to say, "liar, liar trousers on fire" and not respond to the substance", Cruz said in SC on Monday, adding on "Fox and Friends" the same day, "I guess Marco's team has told him, 'Well, if anyone brings up your actual record, the fact that over and over and over again you've supported amnesty, just yell liar'".

Others had been courting Haley's support, including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. But she's been very critical of Donald Trump.

"I wanted somebody with fight. That this matters. So I thought first and foremost as a mom, who wants her children to be safe in our country, who wants our children to have the education and the opportunities so that they can be better than we were, which is what my parents wanted for us".

Ms Haley said: "Ladies and gentlemen, if we elect Marco Rubio, every day will be a great day in America".

But the Rubio campaign sees the impact of Haley's endorsement as resonating far beyond SC.

Cruz has been defending his trustworthiness against accusations from Donald Trump and Marco Rubio that he is a liar and engaging in dirty campaign tricks.

Haley, who The New York Times reports is often mentioned as a potential Republican vice-presidential candidate, delivered the GOP response to President Obama's State of the Union address in January.

Haley's endorsement of Rubio has drawn the criticism of Ann Coulter, who has publicly endorsed Trump.

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Rubio, a senator from Florida, touted how he's a Hispanic American dream story, the son of immigrants who dealt with student loan debt and the other things that face regular Americans like him who are conservative. When asked before an Anderson campaign stop, both Rubio and Haley demurred, but Rubio said the eventual Republican nominee would be "out of their minds not to consider" Haley as a running mate.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) just landed another huge endorsement from a South Carolina politician - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R).

Mr Rubio's campaign was staggered after a less-than-impressive result in the New Hampshire primary. Tim Scott, two more high-profile endorsements; Greenville Mayor Knox White; 13th Circuit Solicitor Walt Wilkins; and former South Carolina Gamecocks quarterback Connor Shaw.

"She endorsed Mitt Romney last time and he came into the state with a big lead and Newt Gingrich won by 20", Bush said in an interview on "The Kelly File" Wednesday.

"These ads and statements made by Cruz are clearly desperate moves by a guy who is tanking in the polls - watching his campaign go up in flames finally explains Cruz's logo", Trump said in a statement, referring to the flame icon that appears on Cruz's website and elsewhere.

"In many parts of society today, whether in popular culture, academia, the media or politics, there's a tendency to falsely equate noise with results", she said.

"Five polls done since New Hampshire have Trump ahead by 10-20 points", a national survey expert who is unaffiliated with any presidential campaign or supporting political action committee told us.

If Haley was looking for a horse to ride to victory on Saturday, she chose the wrong candidate.

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