The previous governor of South Carolina Nikki Haley has introduced her candidacy for president, changing into the primary Republican to problem former President Donald Trump for the 2024 GOP main nomination.
Haley delivered the information in a three-and-a-half minute Twitter video launched on Tuesday morning.
The 51-year-old beforehand served because the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations underneath the Trump administration. Though she previously said she wouldn’t problem Trump for the White Home in 2024, Haley modified her thoughts, citing the nation’s financial troubles and want for “generational change.”
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“The Washington institution has failed us over and time and again,” she says within the video. “It’s time for a brand new technology of management to rediscover fiscal accountability, safe our border and strengthen our nation, our satisfaction and our function.”
In a press release on Tuesday, Trump shared his assist for Haley’s determination and wished her luck.
“Though Nikki Haley stated, ‘I might by no means run in opposition to my President, he was an ideal President, the most effective President in my lifetime,’ I instructed her she ought to comply with her coronary heart and do what she needs to do. I want her luck!” Trump stated.
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If Haley wins within the main, she would grow to be the primary girl and the primary Asian American nominated by the Republican Occasion for president.
Haley was born to Indian immigrants Ajit Singh Randhawa and Raj Kaur Randhawa.
Her household moved to South Carolina when her father took a instructing job at a traditionally Black faculty. Though she was raised within the Sikh religion, Haley transformed to Christianity after she married Michael Haley in 1996.
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Haley labored for her household’s costume boutique as a bookkeeper earlier than her political career started in 2004 after she was elected to the South Carolina Home of Representatives.
She was first elected governor in 2010, changing into South Carolina’s first feminine and minority governor at age 38.
Haley opens her announcement video by talking about her upbringing:
The railroad tracks divided the city by race. I used to be the proud daughter of Indian immigrants. Not Black, not white. I used to be completely different. However my mother would at all times say your job is to not give attention to the variations however the similarities. And my mother and father jogged my memory and my siblings day-after-day how blessed we have been to dwell in America.
Though a staunch Republican, Haley has appealed to moderates together with her stances on sure insurance policies.
Haley has supported Trump previously however has additionally criticized him, together with after the January 2021 Capitol insurrection.
The professional-life former governor additionally helps the crackdown on unlawful immigration. She reportedly supported Trump when he barred individuals from six Muslim-majority nations from coming into the U.S. regardless of earlier claims that she wouldn’t assist the previous president’s ban on Muslim immigration.
In South Carolina, Haley didn’t assist laws to require transgender individuals to make use of bogs that correspond to their gender assigned at start.
Closing out her announcement video, Haley calls out the left, China and Russia, declaring them “bullies”:
Some individuals take a look at America and see vulnerability. The socialist left sees a chance to rewrite historical past. China and Russia are on the march. All of them assume we will be bullied, kicked round. You must know this about me: I don’t put up with bullies and if you chill it hurts them extra if you happen to’re carrying heels.
Different Republicans who’re anticipated to launch 2024 campaigns within the coming months embody Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, former Vice President Mike Pence, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina.