Nikki Haley announces the 2024 presidential election on February 15

Nikki Haley, a former US ambassador to the United Nations and governor of South Carolina, is expected to formally announce her 2024 presidential bid on Feb. 15 in Charleston, according to two South Carolina Republicans familiar with her plans.

Haley will become the first Republican candidate to join Former President Donald Trump In the Republican presidential elections.

Haley’s final hint at the 2024 race came earlier this month during Fox News interviewin which she called for a “generational change” when looking to the country’s future.

“I don’t think you need to be 80 to be a leader in DC,” said Hayley, 51. “I think we need a younger generation to come in and step up and really start fixing things.”

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Nikki Haley, former ambassador to the United Nations, speaks at the annual meeting of the Republican Jewish Coalition on November 19, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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“When you look at running for president, you look at two things,” Haley added. “You look first at, is the current situation prompting new leadership?” The second question is, “Am I the person who could be that new leader?” Do I think I can be that leader? Yes, but we’re still working through things and we’ll figure it out. I have never lost a race. I said it, I still say it now. I’m not going to lose now.”

In the 2022 midterm election cycle, with a PAC titled “Stand for America,” Haley has campaigned Republican up and down, making trips to Iowa, New Hampshire, and Nevada, all early presidential primaries. She was also the final alternate to Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, and Senate candidates Dr. Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania and Hershel Walker in Georgia.

Haley has consistently polled for third or fourth place in the Republican primary polls in early 2024. V.I Trafalgar group In late January, Haley finished fourth, with 11.6% of the vote in a field that included Trump, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, South Carolina Gov. Tim Scott, former Vice President Mike Pence and former secretary of the State Department. Mike Pompeo State.

Scott, another potential 2024 contender from Palmetto State, travels to Iowa for the Polk County Republican Party Lincoln Annual Dinner in late February.

It’s like a countdown at NASA, T-minus two weeks and counting,” said Dave Wilson, “Nikki Haley from the governor’s office to the international stage at the United Nations, where she collected the credentials that would prepare her for a campaign like this. It’s like counting down at NASA, T-minus two weeks and counting.” Nonprofit Christian.

Haley scored one symbolic victory against Trump last year in South Carolina’s 1st congressional district primary, when Haley endorsed Rep. Nancy Mays. Mays defeated the pro-Trump candidate, former Representative Katie Arrington, by nearly nine points.

Trump told reporters travel with him Saturday to South Carolina for a campaign stop, where Haley reached out to her former boss to inform him that she was considering running for the White House.

“She called me and said she would like you to think about it, and I said, ‘You have to do it,'” Trump recounted. “I spoke to her for a little while. I said, ‘Look, you know, go with your heart if you want to run.'” “

A native of South Carolina, Haley said, she was the first female American Indian governor in the state’s history Associated Press in April 2021 She will not challenge Trump if he decides to run again. trump Haley nominated for the position of ambassador to the United Nations After winning in 2016.

“I wouldn’t run if President Trump ran, and I would talk to him about it,” Haley said at the time.

Since then, I have suggested it again and again She is seriously considering running. The former South Carolina governor told Fox News that her comments about not running for Trump came before some perceived flaws in President Biden’s administration, such as the withdrawal in Afghanistan and the skyrocketing inflation.

“When I look at that, I look at the truth [that] If you are this passionate and I am so determined, why am I not? “

It’s “not surprising,” Wilson said, that Haley was the first Republican out the gate to challenge Trump in the primary.

“She’s the type of person who never seems to back down from a challenge,” he told CBS News.

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