Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Haley to Heritage Foundation

SC Governor and possible 2016 presidential candidate, Nikki Haley, is in Chicago today to speak at a luncheon sponsored by The Heritage Foundation.

The topic? "The Road Ahead after the 2012 election".

The youngest governor in the country will then travel to DC, where she'll be the guest speaker at an RGA breakfast.

Haley has three things to do in her "road ahead", and they're sequential.

1. Raise her job approval ratings.

The most recent (April 2012) of limited polling showed her with a 37%/36% approval rating. That's underwhelming in a strongly Republican state, and we've yet to see how a mass-computer hacking in the state will affect her numbers.

2. Use higher ratings to win reelection.

She's up for reelection in 2014, which offers plenty of time to put some distance between her approval and disapproval numbers. 

But the unemployment rate is still high (9.1%), though improving from its 12% peak in 2009. If she can get the rate near or below the national average, she's a lock for reelection.

3. Run for president.

But only if #1 and #2 work out.