Gov. Nikki Haley Responds to Colbert Nation

Gov. Haley responds to requests to pick Colbert to fill Sen. Jim DeMint's seat.

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South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley showed her sense of humor Friday when she responded to a chorus of tweets urging her to nominate talk show host Stephen Colbert for resigning Sen. Jim DeMint's seat.

"Thank you for your interest in South Carolina's U.S. Senate seat and for the thousands of tweets you and your fans sent me," Haley wrote on her Facebook page. "But you forget one thing, my friend. You didn't know our state drink. Big, big mistake."

Haley was referring to a friendly "South Carolina Palmetto-off", Colbert and Haley competed in last April where they battled for dominance on state trivia. Haley tripped Colbert over the question of what the state's official drink was.

[READ: DeMint Replacement Could Be Lone Black Senator]

For the record; it's milk.

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley isn't likely to nominate "conservative" comedian Stephen Colbert to the Senate.
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley isn't likely to nominate "conservative" comedian Stephen Colbert to the Senate.

"I didn't know my state was so boring," Colbert joked on the show.

On Thursday, Colbert urged his nation of followers to take to the twitterverse and harass Haley to turn over DeMint's seat to him.

"I want you to take to the Twitters," he said. "I want you to Tweet at Nikki Haley why she should appoint me to the U.S. Senate with the hashtag Sen. Colbert."

Colbert admitted DeMint left "big shoes to fill," but alluded that he would be up to the challenge.

"You want somebody young, somebody conservative, somebody from South Carolina, maybe somebody who had a Super PAC," Colbert said during the show, pointing to himself.

"When I look at the U.S. Senate I say to myself 'you know what they could use? Another white guy."

Colbert pointed to evidence of a possible run using headlines from USA Today, Roll Call and the Huffington Post who all published stories about a Colbert candidacy minutes after the news of DeMint's resignation broke and thousands of Colbert fans tweeted at Haley.

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