Two possible GOP White House hopefuls will join Gov. Nikki Haley on her campaign bus tour, launched today ahead of the Nov. 4 election.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie – chairman of the Republican Governors Association and a potential 2016 White House hopeful – will join Haley Sunday for events in Spartanburg.
The two will attend U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy’s church in the morning, before heading to the Beacon restaurant at 12:30 p.m. for a public campaign event, Haley’s campaign spokesman Rob Godfrey confirmed.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, also a potential contender for the GOP’s 2016 presidential nomination, will join Haley for campaign stops Thursday, Godfrey said.
Jindal headlined the S.C. GOP’s Silver Elephant Dinner in June. Christie campaigned with Haley last month in Charleston.
Polls on the 2016 GOP presidential primary taken from June through October place Christie in fourth place, behind U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. The same polls have Jindal, on average, the 11th favorite for the GOP nomination.
Bush also joined Haley recently for campaign events in Greenville and Lexington.
Haley’s bus tour launched today with stops at 2 p.m. in Florence, at Red Bone Alley, and at 5 p.m. in Myrtle Beach, at Rossi Italian restaurant.
Haley has a double-digit lead over her Democratic rival, state Sen. Vincent Sheheen, according to recent polls.
Haley is finishing the tour on the eve of the election at Harmon’s Tree Farm in Gilbert in Lexington – Haley’s home county.