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SC Gov. Haley praises Trump’s VP pick as ‘strong conservative reformer’

S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley on Friday praised Donald Trump’s selection of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence to be his vice-presidential running mate.

“Mike Pence is a friend, but more than that, he is a strong conservative reformer who has delivered results for the people of Indiana,” Haley said in a statement.

Haley went to Indiana last year to campaign for Pence during his re-election bid.

“Washington is broken, but we don't have to look any further than leaders like Mike Pence for the solutions to fix it,” Haley said.

Trump confirmed Friday on Twitter that Pence was his choice, adding he would hold a news conference Saturday to discuss the pick.

Meanwhile, S.C. Democratic Party chairman Jaime Harrison used a news release Friday to call Pence “an ultra right-wing ideologue” and “the perfect running mate for Donald Trump.”

Harrison noted Pence, more than a decade ago, said “smoking doesn’t kill.” Harrison also noted the Indiana Republican signed a religious freedom bill into law that critics have said would allow discrimination against the LGBTQ community.

Pence has some ties to South Carolina.

He spoke at the S.C. Republican Party’s 2008 annual Silver Elephant Dinner. He also visited the state in 2010 as the 2012 presidential race was heating up.

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