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Nikki Haley on Newsweek cover

The rising new Indian American star on the US political scene, Nikki Haley has appeared on the latest issue of the popular Newsweek magazine, seen as another sign of her rising status at the national level.

world Updated: Jul 08, 2010 01:55 IST

The rising new Indian American star on the US political scene, Nikki Haley has appeared on the latest issue of the popular Newsweek magazine, seen as another sign of her rising status at the national level.

Identified as "The Face of the New South", on the cover page, in the article Haley, who is the Republican candidate for the governorship of South Carolina has been called the "earthy, attractive, articulate, and the GOP’s newest star in a fast-changing south.

"For the November elections, Haley is pitted against Democratic nominee Vincent Sheheen.If elected, she'll be South Carolina's first female governor and the second Indian American Governor after Bobby Jindal of Louisiana.

"Now she's the hottest thing in South Carolina politics.And if she wins in November, becoming the state's first female and first nonwhite governor, she'll likely rocket to national prominence and secure a spot in the GOP firmament," the Newsweek said.

Proud of her Indian heritage, Haley is quoted as saying by the magazine: "the fact that I happen to be an Indian female, of course that brings a new dynamic.But what I hope it does is cause a conversation in this state where we no longer live by labels, but we live by philosophies."

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