Governor Nikki Haley (R) said she wears heels as "ammunition" in the tough political climate of South Carolina.
"It's a blood sport," Haley said Tuesday on The Colbert Report. "I wear heels and it's not for a fashion statement, it's ammunition."
"You keep them sharpened?" host Stephen Colbert asked.
"I do. It's for kicking," Haley replied.
Haley appeared on the Comedy Central show to discuss her new book, Can't Is Not an Option: My American Story. Colbert inquired about the title, saying "as a conservative I believe that can't is a way of life."
"You can't come into my country and you cannot get married if you're gay," Colbert said.
Haley touted her Indian roots as an example of South Carolina's ability to overcome diversity. Haley is the state's first female and first minority governor.
"I think it says a lot about the people of South Carolina that they would elect a 38-year-old Indian-American female for governor," Haley said. "It says that South Carolina has changed and it's progressing."
Haley has said that she wrote her memoir to be an inspiration to others -- especially women -- who have political aspirations.
"This story is about a lot of challenges, but it's about so many more successes," Haley told the Associated Press. "The image of the state is changing, and I'm proud of that."