(VitalNews.org) – Former President Donald Trump kicked off the 2024 Presidential campaign season on November 15, 2022, when he formally announced his candidacy, his third run for office. Pundits noted his very early start, but it seems he’ll soon have company in the field. Former Republican South Carolina Governor and Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley is expected to announce her bid for the Republican nomination, according to a recent report published by The Post and Courier of Charleston.
Haley, who also served as Trump’s US ambassador to the UN for two years, had previously told media outlets that she would not run against the former president if he chose to run again. Yet, she also explained that events caused by the Biden administration have made her passionate about leading, causing her to reach out to Trump out of respect to discuss tossing her hat in the ring.
— Daily Wire News (@DailyWireNews) February 1, 2023
The former president confirmed to CBS News that he had spoken with Haley. He explained that she called him and told him she was considering running. According to him, he encouraged the idea. “You should do it,” he reportedly told her, adding, “go by your heart if you want to run.”
Haley interpreted events like the tragic withdrawal from Afghanistan, the ongoing Southern border crisis, the handling of the two–year national health crisis, and deficit spending in the face of skyrocketing inflation as reasons she should become more involved in national politics on an executive level. In an interview with Fox News explaining her decision to run, Haley said, “…if I’m this passionate and I’m this determined, why not me?” She went on to call for “generational change” to springboard the nation into the future.
It’s time for a new generation.
It’s time for new leadership.
And it’s time to take our country back.
America is worth the fight—and we’re just getting started. pic.twitter.com/L93Q6WirzD
— Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley) January 21, 2023
Possibly referring to both incumbent President Joe Biden and former President Trump, Haley made the comment, “I don’t think you need to be 80 years old to go be a leader in D.C.” She said she believed a new generation should “step up” and start repairing the damage.
Dave Wilson of the Palmetto Family Council, a Christian nonprofit group, commented on Haley’s upcoming campaign and career arc. He remarked that her service as a governor prepared her for the domestic aspects of governance, while her service as a UN ambassador broadened her scope with international experience. He added. “It’s no surprise” that she’s the first challenger in the ring with former President Trump because he’s never seen her back away from a challenge.
Haley plans to launch her campaign at The Shed, located at the visitor center in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, on February 15, according to the Post and Courrier of Charleston.
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