Nikki Haley: Time to Move Past ‘Stale Ideas’

Nikki Haley

( – Nikki Haley, a former US ambassador and state governor, has officially launched her run for president and called for moving past “stale ideas” and a new generation in American politics at her first campaign event.

Haley became the second official candidate for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination. In November, former President Donald Trump became the first to make his candidacy official.

While her early entrance in the GOP race may give her an edge, it will also expose her “to the anger” of former President Trump, comments a report by Reuters cited by Newsmax.

In 2021, Haley vowed not to seek the 2024 Republican nomination if Trump chose to run for the White House once again. But, as she recently seemed to have changed her mind, the former president accused her and other former allies-turned-potential competitors of “disloyalty.”

Haley launched her presidential campaign with a speech before an audience at the Charleston Visitors Center, in Charleston, in her home state of South Carolina.

Born to Indian immigrants in the United States, she served as South Carolina’s Republican governor from 2011-2017 and as the US ambassador to the UN from 2017-2018 under President Donald Trump.

“We’re ready. Ready to move past the stale ideas and faded names of the past. And we are more than ready for a new generation to lead us into the future,” Haley stated in her speech.

The report notes that her supporters at the campaign kickoff agreed that the GOP needed new leadership.

“I think Trump can be very polarizing and divisive at times. I would like to see a little more tolerance, a little more communication. Flexibility,” said Tim Jansen, 54, a Haley supporter from Charleston.

Also on Wednesday, the former ambassador and state governor was endorsed for the Republican presidential nomination by Rep. Ralph Norman (R-SC), an influential member of the Freedom Caucus in the US House of Representatives who was a Trump supporter during Trump’s presidency.

“It’s time for a reset and a new chapter in national Republican politics, and there’s no better person to help write that new chapter than our former governor,” Norman wrote in a tweet.

Polling results show that Haley’s presidential candidacy will be an “uphill climb.” According to a public opinion survey released on Tuesday by Reuters and Ipsos, only 4% of registered Republican voters favor her candidacy.

The poll, conducted from February 6 – February 13, also showed 43% support for Trump and 31% for Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis, who has never officially commented on his potential presidential candidacy despite expectations he would enter the race.

South Carolina is one of the first states to hold Republican primaries. Still, Haley might not be the only representative of the state to bid for the nomination as US Senator Tim Scott might also decide to run.

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