Governor Nikki Haley endorses Mitt Romney for president

COLUMBIA (WACH, AP) -- South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is endorsing Mitt Romney for president.

Haley said Friday on Fox News she is throwing all of her support behind Romney in the Republican primaries. She says jobs, the economy and spending are most important and the former Massachusetts governor is the best candidate to address those issues.

Neither South Carolina nor the nation can afford four more years of President Obama, and Mitt Romney is the right person to take him on and get America back on track," said Governor Nikki Haley. "I am proud to endorse him and will work my hardest to ensure he is elected so we can turn around our country.

Haley also says President Barack Obama seems most afraid to face Romney.

Haley is a rising star in the GOP, and her endorsement means a lot in South Carolina, the first Southern state to hold a primary election.

It is an honor to have the endorsement of Governor Haley, said Mitt Romney. As a successful businesswoman who entered public service so government could better serve the people, Governor Haley TMs career-long efforts to reform government, make government more accountable to the taxpayers, and fight wasteful spending should be examples for leaders across the country.

Romney will appear with Haley Friday afternoon in South Carolina. Haley says they will campaign together Saturday.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)