Nikki Haley, a former U.S. ambassador to the UN, launched her bid for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination on Tuesday, taking on her former boss Donald Trump.
“It's time for a new generation of leadership,” Haley https://www.reuters.com/world/us/haley-announces-2024-republican-presidential-bid-marks-trumps-first-challenger-2023-02-14/said in a video her team released via email, joining Trump as the only announced 2024 GOP candidates.
Haley, a former governor of South Carolina and U.N. She is scheduled to discuss her campaign goals in a speech on Wednesday in Charleston, South Carolina, where she served as Trump's ambassador from 2017 to 2018.
Haley, 51, the daughter of Indian immigrants, has established a solid conservative image in the Republican Party and is better able than most of her contemporaries to confront issues of gender and race.
Haley has a chance to gain attention by announcing her campaign more than 20 months before the November 2024 election before the Republican field widens in the ensuing weeks and months.
“You should know this about me: I don't put up with bullies. And when you kick back it hurts them more if you're wearing heels,” Haley can be heard saying in the video.
According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll issued on Tuesday, only 4% of Republican registered voters backed Haley, well behind Trump at 43%, and probable candidate Florida Governor Ron DeSantis at 31%.
Former vice president Mike Pence, U.S. senator Tim Scott of South Carolina, and governors of New Hampshire Chris Sununu and Asa Hutchinson, among others, are more prospective possibilities.
Scott will begin a “listening tour” in Charleston the day following Haley's speech, per a campaign announcement. Then he will make a quick stop in Iowa, another significant early-voting state.
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