COLUMBIA — Gov. Nikki Haley said this morning that she’s not surprised to see her predecessor Mark Sanford jump into the race to succeed Tim Scott in the 1st Congressional District.

“You know I’m not surprised. He is someone who is very involved in policy and has always loved policy,” Haley said. “This is going back home for him, which would be his old congressional seat, so I wasn’t that surprised to see him run.”

Sanford formally announced his congressional bid this morning.

Haley also previewed her third State of the State address, which she’ll deliver to a joint session of the General Assembly at 7 p.m. tonight.

Haley said the speech will be long, but said she’s been working to shorten it and hopes to clock in under 50 minutes.

“There’s just a lot to talk about,” she said.

The first-term Republican said topics of the address will include job and economic development, government restructuring, cybersecurity, the debate over Medicaid expansion and what the state is already doing to improve health, her Commission on Ethics Reform and infrastructure improvement.

The governor also said she will provide “somewhat of a different take on education.”

“We will have a conversation about education in a way that we probably haven’t before,” she said.

Read about Haley’s address in upcoming editions of The Post and Courier. Reach Stephen Largen at 864-641-8172 and follow him on Twitter @stephenlargen.