Rep. Ralph Norman (R-S.C.) endorsed former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) for president on Wednesday, her first endorsement from the South Carolina congressional delegation.
“We’re at a pivotal level in our nation. Whereas the Republican candidates, values, and messages have finished very effectively right here in South Carolina, that hasn’t been the case in every single place throughout our nice nation,” Norman said in a tweet on Wednesday.
“It’s time for a reset and a brand new chapter in nationwide Republican politics, and there’s no higher particular person to assist write that new chapter than our former governor and my good buddy, Nikki Haley!” Norman mentioned.
Norman is a member of the hard-line conservative Home Freedom Caucus and was one of many 20 Home Republicans withholding help from Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) for Speaker with a purpose to safe concessions on spending and guidelines to empower rank-and-file members. Norman pushed for the Home to cross a plan to steadiness the federal funds.
After the Speaker vote, McCarthy appointed Norman and two different hard-line conservative lawmakers to the Home Guidelines Committee, which controls laws that may go to the Home ground.
Norman has additionally been a supporter of former President Trump and voted towards certifying the 2020 Electoral Faculty outcomes from Pennsylvania on Jan. 6, 2021. Textual content messages reported by Speaking Factors Memo present that Norman texted White Home chief of employees Mark Meadows on Jan. 17, 2021, encouraging Trump to invoke “Marshall [sic] Regulation” to research alleged election fraud.
Norman and Haley each served within the South Carolina State Home beginning in 2005, and he was an early supporter of her run for governor.
In feedback to Fox Information, Norman mentioned that Trump “was precisely who the Republican Get together wanted on the time” in 2016 as a result of he “reminded us find out how to struggle what we consider,” however that the GOP has since “entered a season of change.”
“We’re at a pivotal juncture, and many of the Republicans I do know are actually on the lookout for new management with a brand new imaginative and prescient on the prime of the ticket. Nikki Haley has that imaginative and prescient, and he or she’s going to be an impressive President,” Norman instructed Fox Information.
Haley is about to carry a presidential announcement occasion in Charleston, S.C., on Wednesday. She is the second particular person to leap into what is anticipated to turn into a crowded GOP presidential major.
Different South Carolina congressional lawmakers have praised Haley as she entered the presidential race, however stopped wanting an official endorsement.
“She has carried out on the highest degree in each elected and appointed place she has held,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) mentioned in a tweet on Tuesday.
“I believe it’s thrilling. She is greater than certified for the job. She’s acquired expertise on the worldwide scale,” Rep. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.) instructed CNN on Tuesday. Haley endorsed Mace in her 2022 major as Trump endorsed a GOP challenger.
South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott (R) can also be thought-about to be a possible presidential candidate, and can attend a presidential discussion board alongside Haley in South Carolina subsequent month.