Video, Transcript: Nikki Haley Responds to President Obama's Final SOTU Address

President Obama Delivers Final SOTU Address

Did the Republican Party pick South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to deliver the SOTU response because she's a woman?

That was the claim from Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chair of the Democratic National Committee, who said that the Indian American governor was chosen because of the GOP's "diversity problem."

Megyn Kelly challenged Wasserman Schultz on that point following Haley's address, asking why she chose to make an issue of Haley's gender.

"Don't think you think it's diminishing toward her? Why do you bring her gender into it?" she asked.

Wasserman Schultz argued that even the GOP admitted there was a "diversity problem" after Mitt Romney's defeat in 2012.

"Why couldn't she have been picked because she's smart. she's savvy, she presents well, she's articulate and she's a great spokesman for the Republicans?" Kelly asked. 

Wasserman Schultz answered that Haley has "done damage to her state" and South Carolinians "don't like the job she's doing." 

Kelly countered that if Hillary Clinton wins the nomination, some are going to say it was because she's a woman. 

"You're gonna say 'that's sexist' and 'watch it,'" Kelly asserted. 

Wasserman Schultz denied that there's a comparison, arguing that Haley would not "leap to mind" as the best person to have delivered the SOTU response in terms of "popularity and accomplishments."

Watch the full interview above and check out The Kelly File, tonight at 9:00pm ET to hear from family members of the Benghazi victims ahead of the release of the blockbuster movie about the attack. 

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