Nikki Haley upstages Trump in search traffic during GOP response


If they didn’t already know her, Americans were introduced to a rising star in the Republican party Tuesday night.

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley delivered the GOP response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address by softening the tough stance embraced by some of her party’s leading presidential candidates.

The U.S.-born daughter of Indian parents, Haley took a firm stance on how the nation treats its immigrants, saying Americans should resist “the siren call of the angriest voices.”

One of the most vocal voices, of course, is leading GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump. But during her speech Tuesday night, Haley outshined Trump in at least one area — as a trending topic on Google.

Could her popularity even propel her onto the 2016 ticket as a running mate? PBS NewsHour’s Political Director Lisa Desjardins spoke with South Dakota Sen. John Thune who said, “she’d sure be a good one.”