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Nikki Haley Plans to Run for President in 2024

15 February 2023, Wednesday
Former South Carolina Republican Gov. Nikki Haley declared her candidacy for president in 2024 in a video statement on Tuesday. She is set to speak at a campaign launch event in Charleston on Wednesday.

Haley is considered the first major opponent to former President Donald Trump for the Republican nomination. In her video declaration, she declared her commitment to fiscal responsibility, border security and national pride.

"The Washington establishment has not served us well," Haley said. "It's time to bring in a new generation of leadership to bring back fiscal accountability, protect our borders, and renew our belief in our nation's strength, pride and purpose."

Haley, the daughter of Indian immigrants, opened the video speaking about how she experienced being “unique” as she was growing up in Bamberg, South Carolina. The former United States ambassador to the United Nations under Trump declared her bid to run for president last year. Recently, the former president gave her his blessing, revealing that she had contacted him to tell him she was pondering entering the race and he said, “You should do it.”

Nikki Haley, the former South Carolina governor, has declared her candidacy in the Republican presidential primary. Haley spoke to her supporters of her upbringing in Bamberg, South Carolina, a small town divided by railroad tracks, which split the town into two, segregated by race. Having been born to Indian immigrants, Haley described herself as being "different", yet her mother taught her to focus on the similarities rather than the differences. Furthermore, her parents instilled in her and her siblings an appreciation for the opportunities available to them in the United States of America. If she is successful in the primary, Haley would be the first female, and the first Asian American to be nominated for president of the United States by the Republican Party.

Nikki Haley, former President of the National Association of Women Business Owners, was initially selected to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2004. Six years later, she achieved the feat of being the first female to be elected Governor of the state in 2010. Moreover, she became the youngest Governor in the United States when she took office in 2011. After completion of her second term, she resigned to become US Ambassador to the United Nations until the end of 2018. 

In her video declaration, Haley highlighted her reputation as a two-time elected Governor of South Carolina and her leadership after nine people lost their lives in a mass shooting at a historically Black church in Charleston in 2015. Following the incident, she campaigned to have the Confederate flag taken away from the Statehouse. Subsequently, she drew on her foreign policy background in her announcement, discussing how she has “faced evil” while serving as UN Ambassador.

Some view the past as reflecting badly on the founding principles of the United States, claiming that the promise of freedom is merely a fabrication. Others believe the ideas behind America are not just wrong, but indeed oppressive and wicked. In stark contrast, Ambassador Nikki Haley has had her own experiences coming to an opposite conclusion. She has seen the true horrors of prejudice and cruelty in other countries such as China, where genocide is perpetrated and Iran, where the government crushes dissenting voices. Even in our more trying moments, she observes that we are blessed to live in a country such as America.

To those who believe the United States is vulnerable to its adversaries, Ambassador Nikki Haley has a resolute stance: she will not stand for bullying, and she has no qualms about pushing back using her formidable strength. It is this attitude which, she plans, will have the greatest impact in any confrontation.

Haley is likely to have stiff competition in her lane, with other potential GOP candidates such as Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, former Vice President Mike Pence and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who are said to be considering running in 2024, and who could interest conservative Republicans wishing to reposition away from Trump. A few Republican strategists have said a large Republican primary field could benefit Trump, who still has widespread support among the party base, leading to a scattered vote and allowing the former president to receive the nomination.

Haley has been attempting to carefully balance her relationship with Trump, allying herself yet placing enough space between the two of them to ingratiate herself with his more centrist critics. She left the Trump administration in 2018 in good standing with the president at the time - a contrast to other ex-Trump officials who had argued with their erstwhile leader.

On Tuesday, President Trump commented on the recent announcement of Nikki Haley that she was considering running for the Republican nomination in the 2024 presidential election. In a statement to CNN, Trump said "Despite Nikki Haley having said that she would not run against me as I am 'the best President in my lifetime', I told her to follow her heart and do as she wishes. I wish her luck!". This was a reference to a comment Haley made in April of 2021 that she would not run if Trump was also in the running. Haley later clarified her earlier statement, calling for a new generation of leadership.

South Carolina Rep. Nancy Mace voiced her worries to CNN regarding the size of the presidential primary field when endorsed by former Governor Nikki Haley. Mace expressed her concern that should there be too many candidates on the ballot by the time it reaches South Carolina, then the chances of other contenders coming out to run becomes less likely. On Tuesday, Haley officially filed to run for president with the Federal Election Commission.
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