Bush 'disappointed' Haley didn't endorse him

Jeb Bush expressed disappointment that South Carolina Gov. Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyThe Hill's 12:30 Report Russia vetoes US-led effort to renew chemical weapons inquiry in Syria Pentagon official: US to cut contributions to UN peacekeeping missions MORE is backing presidential rival Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioCongress faces growing health care crisis in Puerto Rico The Hill's 12:30 Report Colbert mocks Trump for sipping water during speech on Asia trip MORE (R-Fla.).

"I'm disappointed," the former Florida governor said after a campaign stop in the Palmetto State, according to multiple tweets from reporters.

The campaign praised Haley in a statement and predicted she'd rally behind Bush when he wins the GOP nomination.

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"Nikki Haley is a talented Governor, Jeb is proud to have worked with her over the years and respects her decision," spokeswoman Allie Brandenburger said in a statement.

"That said, this race is about Jeb Bush being the only candidate in the field with a proven conservative record, detailed plans and the ability to defeat Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonO’Malley tells Dems not to fear Trump FBI informant gathered years of evidence on Russian push for US nuclear fuel deals, including Uranium One, memos show Pelosi blasts California Republicans for supporting tax bill MORE, which is what this party and country needs."

Haley's endorsement comes as Rubio looks to pull away from Bush ahead of Saturday's primary. Polls show Rubio hanging around third place, with Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpO’Malley tells Dems not to fear Trump Right way and wrong way Five things to know about the elephant trophies controversy MORE in the lead, followed by Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzTexas Republicans slam White House over disaster relief request Dem rep: Trump disaster aid request is 'how you let America down again' Moore endorsements disappear from campaign website MORE (Texas) in second.

Rubio and Bush are battling to be the establishment standard-bearer and the Florida senator has touted the backing of several key South Carolina lawmakers.

Haley, a potential GOP vice presidential pick, is a rising star in the Republican Party.

She was tapped by party leaders in Congress to deliver the Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union address in January, where she criticized Trump.