Nikki Haley to deliver GOP's SOTU response
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South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is slated to deliver the Republicans' response to President Obama's final State of the Union address next week.
 
Haley's communications director, Rob Godfrey, said on Twitter that the governor is honored to have been asked by congressional GOP leaders to deliver the response.
 
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The southern governor gained national attention last year for her handling of the church massacre in Charleston, as well as her response to debate over the Confederate flag.
 
Haley, who is considered a potential Republican vice presidential candidate, is in the middle of her second term as governor. 

“Nikki Haley has led an economic turnaround and set a bold agenda for her state, getting things done and becoming one of the most popular governors in America,” Speaker Paul RyanPaul RyanWhy Mariel Cuban criminals deserve amnesty (and Anti-Castro Republicans should support it) GOP agrees on one thing: ObamaCare taxes must go Ryan reminds lawmakers to be on time for votes MORE (R-Wis.) said in a statement. 

“In a year when the country is crying out for a positive vision and alternative to the status quo, Governor Haley is the exact right choice to deliver the Republican Address to the Nation," Ryan added.

"Not only has Governor Haley fought to bring opportunity and prosperity to the people of her state, but she’s also demonstrated how bringing people together can bring real results," he said in a statement.

Haley said she was honored to be asked to give the speech.

"This is a time of great challenges for our country, but also of great opportunities. I intend to speak about both," she said in a statement.

Obama's State of the Union speech is expected to hit on the topic of gun control in the wake of high-profile shootings last year in Charleston, Oregon and San Bernardino, Calif. Obama unveiled steps he plans to take unilaterally earlier in the day Tuesday at the White House.