Nikki Haley, former ambassador to the United Nations, is considering a 2024 presidential run under President Donald Trump.
Haley’s comments, made during an interview with Fox News host Brett Baier, suggest she has changed her mind about taking on Trump for the Republican nomination.
The landscape seems to have changed, and South Carolina’s former governor says the current political landscape calls for new blood, which he says he represents as leaders.
“You can look across the board, domestic, foreign policy,” Haley said. “You see, inflation is going up, the economy is shrinking, government is getting bigger, you know, small business owners can’t pay their rent.”
“The big businesses that get these bailouts, all of these things justify the fact that yes, we need to go in a new direction.”
“So 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 now. I will not lose now. “
‘I can be that leader’: Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley hints at 2024 presidential run in exclusive interview with Brett Baier pic.twitter.com/KAa7qnjzgl
— Fox News (@FoxNews) January 19, 2023
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Haley has changed her tune a bit since speaking to reporters about a potential bid for the White House in April 2021.
“I will not run if President Trump runs, and I will talk to him about it,” he said at the time. “That’s something we’ll have a conversation with at some point, if that decision needs to be made.”
Asked if she would support a third run for the White House by Trump, Haley replied, “Yes.”
JUST: Nikki Haley says she won’t run if Trump runs for president in 2024 https://t.co/YLXEiRsiqZ pic.twitter.com/pZ6zeXoIUX
— The Hill (@TheHill) April 12, 2021
Before that, Haley was freely taking shots at Donald Trump for his role in the Jan. 6 riots, as were most Republicans who tried to take advantage of the narrative pushed by Democrats and the media.
“We have to admit that he let us down. He went down a path he shouldn’t have taken, and we shouldn’t have followed him and we shouldn’t have listened to him,” he told a Politico reporter.
“And we won’t let that happen again.”
Trump announced his 2024 campaign after the midterm elections in November.
Nikki Haley said last year that she would support Trump if he ran for office in 2024, and when asked if Trump’s announcement would prevent her from launching her own bid, she replied, “I won’t run if President Trump runs.”pic.twitter.com/zEoZ7Ej90N https://t.co/tw4HWWaHfC
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) November 20, 2022
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Nikki Haley has made it clear that if she does throw her hat in the ring, she will focus on running against President Joe Biden in 2024.
“If I run, I’m running against Joe Biden. I’m focused on that, because we can’t have a second term of Joe Biden,” he told Bayer.
Agreed. But, not sure if Haley understands how the process works, she needs to get Trump first in the Republican primaries and everyone else who decides to run.
And while Biden was the ultimate target, Haley wasn’t afraid to mix in some fighting words to suggest he was a better choice than Trump.
“I have a good working relationship with them [former] President. I appreciate all the foreign policy issues we have worked on together,” he said.
“But I will tell you this – the survival of America is important. And it’s bigger than one person,” Haley continued. “And as you look at the future of America, I think it’s time for a new generation of change.”
“I can tell you, [Donald Trump] Joe is more responsible than Biden.
Amb. Nikki Haley on the possibility of Donald Trump running in 2024. pic.twitter.com/gQocMNy6P8
— NEWSMAX (@NEWSMAX) April 15, 2022
Haley’s willingness to sway back and forth depending on how the political winds are blowing has endeared her to Republican voters.
Although he is admired for his role as a former ambassador or governor, he is not fully prepared for the task of defeating Trump or Biden on the national stage.
A Morning Consult poll released Wednesday shows Trump leading Florida Gov. DeSantis by 17 points in a hypothetical GOP primary matchup between the two conservative favorites.
Haley comes in at just 2% support in the same poll, 46 points behind Trump and 29 points behind DeSantis. In fact, he is behind former Vice President Mike Pence and recently ousted Congresswoman Liz Cheney.
But that didn’t dampen her spirits.
“If I’m this passionate and I’m this determined I’ll see the truth, why shouldn’t I?” Haley announced.
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