Nikki Haley Launches 2024 Presidential Campaign – Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley announced her presidential candidacy Tuesday morning, becoming the first challenger against former President Donald Trump in the upcoming Republican presidential primary. “I’m Nikki Haley, and I’m running for president,” she said in the video, which was posted on social media with the tagline, “Stand For America.” In a three-and-a-half-minute-long video, the former South Carolina governor introduces herself by recalling growing up in a racially segregated town.
“I was the proud daughter of Indian immigrants — not Black, not white. I was different,” she says. “My mom would always say your job is not to focus on the differences but the similarities. My parents reminded me and my siblings every day how blessed we were to live in America.” She continued: “Some look at our past as evidence that America’s founding principles are bad. They say the promise of freedom is just made up. Some think our ideas are not just wrong, but racist and evil. Nothing could be further from the truth.”
Haley will lay out her campaign plans in a speech in Charleston, South Carolina, on Wednesday. “It’s time for a new generation of leadership,” Haley said in her video. “To rediscover fiscal responsibility, secure our border and strengthen our country, our pride and our purpose.” Haley warned of threats facing the country, including the “socialist left” and Russia and China, which think of America as “vulnerable.” “They all think we can be bullied, kicked around.”
“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 teased the announcement last week with a fiery video that asked, “Where will you stand?” While Haley is the first Republican to officially challenge former President Donald Trump for the nomination, other Republicans such as former Vice President Mike Pence, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis are considering a run in 2024.
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