Former U.N. ambassador and South Carolina governor Nikki Haley has officially announced her bid for the 2024 presidency, becoming the first person to throw their hat into the ring since President Donald Trump announced his candidacy in November 2022.
In a campaign video posted to her Twitter account, Haley gave insight into her background as the governor of South Carolina. “Even on our worst day, we are blessed to live in America,” she said. “I was born and raised in South Carolina, so I have seen the very best of our country. People here threw out the old, tired political establishment, and demanded accountability for their tax dollars. Industry reports called us the ‘Beast of the Southeast’ – which I loved. People came by the thousands for fresh starts, moms and dads held their heads up high. Children learned that it was always a great day in South Carolina.”
She also decried Republicans’ loss of the popular vote in “seven out of eight” of the last presidential elections. “That has to change,” she explained. “Joe Biden’s record is abysmal. But that shouldn’t come as a surprise. The Washington establishment has failed us over and over and over again. It’s time for a new generation of leadership. To rediscover fiscal responsibility, secure our border, and strengthen our country, our pride, and our purpose.”
Haley touched on the threats of Russia, China, and the incursion of domestic socialism on American soil. “You should know this about me,” she said. “I don’t put up with bullies. And when you kick back, it hurts them more if you’re wearing heels.”
As reported by RSBN, President Trump previously stated that Haley would have to “follow her heart, not her honor” in her decision to run for president, in light of her past vow to avoid a presidential run if Trump were to make another bid for the White House.
So far, President Trump has strongly dominated a field of potential presidential candidates in recent political polls. According to Premise Data, Trump took 57 percent of support among Republican voters in a hypothetical 2024 GOP presidential primary, while his potential rival, Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., snagged 28 percent.
Haley accrued only 2 percent of support in that same poll.