South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley reiterated Wednesday that she would “absolutely not” join a Republican presidential ticket as the vice presidential nominee.

“It’s not something I’m interested in,” Haley said on conservative talk radio host Laura Ingraham's show. “We need someone on this ticket who is ready.”


She also said she’s not qualified for a national ticket after eight months in office.

“I made a promise to the people of this state, and I love being governor,” Haley said.

That doesn’t mean that the governor doesn’t plan to be influential in the coming Republican race.

“I will absolutely endorse before the South Carolina primary,” she noted.

The South Carolina primary is an important early voting state in the GOP primary process — from its inception in 1980 through 2008, the winner of the South Carolina primary has gone on to take the Republican nomination. Texas Gov. Rick Perry chose the state for his presidential campaign announcement this past weekend.

A scheduled trip to Dallas on Friday — where she's to address the World Affairs Council of Dallas/ Fort Worth — fueled more speculation that Haley could be angling for the vice presidential nod — particularly if she were to join forces with Perry.

Haley declined to indicate whether she was leaning toward throwing her support behind any particular candidate, saying it was “too early” in the process to decide.

“South Carolina cares about the economy, and South Carolina cares about jobs,” Haley said. “All of our candidates can speak to that.”

Haley, the youngest sitting governor and a rising star in the GOP,  catapulted to the governor’s mansion — and national attention — last year after successfully beating back allegations she had an extramarital affair with a conservative blogger. During her race, she received key endorsements from several top Republican leaders — including former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and local Tea Party leaders.