Rep. Tim Scott, S.C.-District 1, and S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley joined the ranks of Elizabeth Warren, Rahm Emmanuel, Jon Huntsman, Chris Christie and Paul Ryan as Newsweek's Rising Political Stars of 2012.
Scott catapulted onto the national scene earlier this year during the debt ceiling debate that had everyone holding their breath this summer — partly because of and partly because of .
Here's an excerpt of what Newsweek wrote about Scott:
The South Carolina representative was anointed a star upon his election, when he became one of the first two black Republicans in Congress since 2003 ... Though he’s still a freshman, he’s already being talked about as a potential future governor or senator.
Haley made it big on the national scene this year with her public fights with the White House and . Though she has , even Newsweek speculated she might get a nod as the campaigns continue.
Here's an excerpt of what Newsweek wrote about Haley:
Nikki Haley swept into the South Carolina governor’s mansion in 2010, defeating a more moderate — and better established — primary opponent along the way ... Her endorsement has been one of the most highly sought by Republican candidates for 2012.