Republicans who shouted “Donald Trump!” or “Ron Desantis!” at each other like Miller Lite’s “tastes great/less filling” ads in the ’80s will soon be able to call themselves Nikki Haley. According to The Post and Courier, the former Governor of South Carolina will make her official announcement on February 15th at The Shed at Charleston Visitor Center. According to the paper, someone inside Haley camp confirmed this information Wednesday.
Haley was an ambassador to the United Nations under Trump and initially did not plan to challenge him for the presidency. The paper reported that Trump discussed the matter with Haley during a South Carolina campaign trip.
I talked to her for a little while. I said, ‘Look, you know, go by your heart if you want to run.’ She called me and said she’d like to consider it, and I said you should do it. Go by your heart if you want to run.
Trump stated that he would be open to the competition. Interesting that Trump has not been as angry about Haley’s plans as he was at the idea of DeSantis running. It remains to be determined if this is due to the fact that the two remain close friends or if Trump doesn’t consider her a threat at the moment. Last week, Haley appeared on Fox News and spoke with Bret Baier regarding a possible run.
Baier was also informed by Haley that she had never lost a race. That’s what I said back then. I still believe it now. I won’t lose now.
The Post Millennial reports that Haley made a similar speech in November at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s Annual Leadership Meeting.
Fmr. UN Ambassador @NikkiHaley on running for president in 2024
“I’ve never lost an election” pic.twitter.com/KOR2Xunkpa
— Ari Hoffman (@thehoffather) November 20, 2022
Trump and DeSantis are likely to be the nominees. Haley could also face Mike Pompeo or Tim Scott. Wyoming’s Liz Cheney will likely also be in the running for the nomination for 2024.