WASHINGTON -- South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley used the Republican response to the State of the Union as a chance to soften the GOP's stance on immigration.

She said while many of the presidential candidates have talked tough on immigration, the nation must resist the temptation to hate.

“Today we live in a time of threats like few others in recent memory. During anxious times, it can be tempting to follow the siren call of the angriest voices. We must resist that temptation. No one who is willing to work hard, abide by our laws, and love our tradtions should ever feel unwelcome in this country,” Haley said.

Haley also said Republicans share in the blame for the public's distrust of Washington and called on the GOP to affect a culture of change.