Nikki Haley threw her hat into the presidential ring, announcing Tuesday that she’s seeking the GOP nomination in 2024.
Haley, a former ambassador to the United Nations under President Donald Trump, has now become his first officially announced opponent.
In a video posted online, the former South Carolina governor declared it was “time for a new generation.”
The comment immediately highlighted his relative youth — he’s 51 years old — compared to Trump or even President Biden.
Haley referred to her background as the “proud daughter of Indian immigrants”, warned of the dangers presented by the socialist left and touted her credentials as a tough female candidate.
“They all think we can be bullied, kicked around,” he said. “You should know this about me, I don’t tolerate bullies, and when you’re wearing heels it hurts them even more.”
Excited! Time for a new generation.
Let’s do it! 👊 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/BD5k4WY1CP
— Nikki Haley (@Nikki Haley) February 14, 2023
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Nikki Haley doesn’t want to lose the GOP nomination in 2024
Political Insider reported last month that Nikki Haley may be in the running for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination. And he didn’t lack confidence.
Haley gave a litany of failures in the Biden administration at the time and said it was time for a “new direction.”
“Do I think I can be that leader? Yes, but we’re still working through things and we’ll figure it out,” he said. “I’ve never lost a race. I said it then, I’m still saying it. I’m not going to lose it now.”
‘I can be that leader’: Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley hints at 2024 presidential run during exclusive interview with Brett Baer pic.twitter.com/KAa7qnjzgl
— Fox News (@FoxNews) January 19, 2023
Donald Trump has yet to comment specifically on Haley’s announcement, but has let followers on his Truth social media platform know that she is still “doing great in the polls”.
“Leading all Republicans by a large margin, including Biden by a very wide margin,” he wrote.
Trump added that his numbers look good despite the federal government’s surgery to take him down, as he suggested they “hopefully I’ll be damaged enough to allow a Reno or a Biden to ‘slip through the cracks.'” “
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Can he win?
Haley, like many potential Republican candidates, has some conservative credentials but also some notable faults to contend with.
He has been a highly effective ambassador to the United Nations, making it clear that he is interested in promoting the Trump administration’s America First platform from day one.
“We care more about being right than being popular and again standing up for our interests and values,” he told the Body.
Nikki Haley promises “fresh eyes” at the UN: “Those who don’t have our backs, we’re naming them.” https://t.co/hc8h8mD9y9 pic.twitter.com/lqXYuyceAE
— ABC News (@ABC) January 27, 2017
But then for every example like that, there are always slip-ups – like Bubba Wallace promoting race cheating or bowing to the wake crowd in other cases.
Halley jumped on the ‘Trump has fueled an insurgency’ train, calling him a failure of the Republican Party.
“We have to admit that he let us down. He went down a path he shouldn’t have, and we shouldn’t have followed him and we shouldn’t have listened to him,” he told a Politico reporter.
“And we can’t let that happen again.”
Haley later predicted that Trump would never run for office again.
“He’s not going to run for federal office again … I don’t think he’s going to be in the picture. I don’t think he can. He has fallen so far,” she insisted.
“Trump is going to further isolate himself.” “I don’t think he will be in the picture. He has fallen so far.” “We have to admit that he let us down. He went down a path he shouldn’t have, we shouldn’t have followed him.” – Nikki Haley, 2021
— Jack Posobik 🇺🇸 (@jacposobik) September 21, 2022
Although Haley is confident she won’t lose, the polls look pretty bleak for her at this point.
A Morning Consult poll shows Trump leading Florida Gov. DeSantis by 16 points in a hypothetical GOP primary matchup between the two conservative favorites.
Haley came in at just 3% in the same poll, 44 points behind Trump, 29 points behind DeSantis, 4 points behind former Vice President Mike Pence and tied with Senator Ted Cruz and recently ousted Congresswoman Liz Cheney.
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