Nikki Haley, former ambassador to the United Nations under President Donald Trump, is considering a presidential run in 2024.
Haley’s comments, made during an interview with TBEN News host Bret Baier, indicate she has changed her mind about running against Trump for the Republican nomination.
The landscape seems to have changed, and the former South Carolina governor says the current political landscape calls for new blood, something she says she represents as a leader.
“You can look across the board, domestic, foreign policy,” Haley said. “You can look at, you know, inflation is rising, the economy is shrinking, the government is getting bigger, you know, small business owners who can’t pay their rent.”
“Large companies getting these bailouts, all of these things justify the fact that we do indeed need to go in a new direction.”
“So I think I could be that leader? Yeah, but we’re still working things out and we’ll figure it out,” she added. “I have never lost a race. I said that then, I still say that now. I’m not going to lose now.”
‘I CAN BE THAT LEADER’: Former UN ambassador Nikki Haley hints at 2024 presidential run during exclusive interview with Bret Baier pic.twitter.com/KAa7qnjzgl
— TBEN News (@TBEN) January 19, 2023
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Haley’s tune has changed a bit since he spoke to reporters in April 2021 about a possible bid for the White House.
“I wouldn’t run if President Trump ran, and I would talk to him about it,” she said at the time. “We’ll have a conversation about that at some point, if that decision is something that needs to be made.”
When asked if she would support a third run for the White House by Trump, Haley replied, “Yes.”
JUST IN: Nikki Haley says she won’t run if Trump becomes president in 2024 https://t.co/YLXEiRsiqZ pic.twitter.com/pZ6zeXoIUX
— The Hill (@thehill) April 12, 2021
But before that, Haley, like most Republicans trying to capitalize on a story put forward by the Democrats and the media, freely snapped pictures of Donald Trump for his alleged role in the Jan. 6 riot.
“We have to recognize that he has failed us. He has taken a path that he should not have followed, and we should not have followed him, and we should not have listened to him,” she told a reporter from Politico .
“And we must never let that happen again.”
Trump announced his 2024 campaign shortly after the November midterm elections.
Nikki Haley said last year she would support Trump if he ran in 2024 and when asked if Trump’s announcement would deter her from making her own bid, she replied: “I wouldn’t be running if President Trump candidate.”pic.twitter.com/zEoZ7Ej90N https://t.co/tw4HWaHfC
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) November 20, 2022
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Can Nikki Haley win in 2024?
Nikki Haley made it clear her intentions that if she threw a hat in the ring, the focus would be on running against President Joe Biden in 2024.
“When I run, I run against Joe Biden. I’m focused on that because we can’t get a second term from Joe Biden,” she told Baier.
Agreed. But, not sure Haley understands how the process works, she’ll have to get past Trump in the Republican primary first, and everyone else who decides to run.
And while Biden is the ultimate target, Haley wasn’t afraid to throw in some fighting words to indicate she would be the better choice over Trump.
“I had a great working relationship with the [former] president. I appreciate all the foreign policy issues we’ve worked on together,” she noted.
“But what I will tell you is – America’s survival matters. And it’s bigger than one person,” Haley continued. “And as you look to America’s future, I think it’s time for another generational shift.”
“I can tell you, [Donald Trump] will be more responsible than Joe Biden.”
amb. Nikki Haley on the likelihood of Donald Trump coming to power in 2024. pic.twitter.com/gQocMNy6P8
— NEWSMAX (@NEWSMAX) April 15, 2022
Haley’s willingness to waver back and forth depending on which way the political wind blows has not endeared her to Republican voters.
While she may be admired for her role as a former ambassador or governor, she doesn’t seem quite capable of beating Trump or Biden on the national stage.
A Morning Consult poll released Wednesday shows Trump leading Florida Governor DeSantis by 17 points in a hypothetical GOP primary contest between the two conservative favorites.
Haley comes in with just 2% support in that same poll, 46 points behind Trump and 29 points behind DeSantis. She even stands with former Vice President Mike Pence and recently ousted Congresswoman Liz Cheney.
But that didn’t dampen her enthusiasm.
“I look at the fact that if I’m so passionate and determined, why not me?” Haley stated.
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