Nikki Haley Officially Launches 2024 Presidential Campaign

Nikki Haley has announced her 2024 presidential run in a new video posted to social media, one day before her expected announcement.

In the video, which was posted to social media at 6:48 EST on Tuesday, the former South Carolina Governor and UN Ambassador lauded the United States as a great nation, compared to the “evil” of China and Iran, where “they commit genocide… murder their own people for challenging the government,” and have soldiers throw babies into fires.

Haley cited the supposed economic success she created in South Carolina during her time as governor, where when electing her, the state “threw out the old, tired political establishment, and demanded accountability for their tax dollars.”

The former UN Ambassador said that Republicans must “turn away” from “fear and towards God,” after losing the popular vote in seven out of the last eight presidential elections.

“Joe Biden’s record is abysmal, but that shouldn’t come as a surprise. The Washington establishment has failed us, over and over and over again,” Haley argued. “It’s time for a new generation of leadership. To rediscover fiscal responsbility, secure our border, and strengthen our country, our pride, and our purpose.”

“Some people look at America and see vulnerability,” Haley concluded. “The socialist left sees an opportunity to rewrite history. China and Russia are on the march. They all think we can be bullied, kick 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 was expected to announce her 2024 presidential run on Wednesday, inviting her supporters at the start of this month to an event in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, where she said she had a “big announcement” to share with them.

She is now the third official presidential candidate to enter the 2024 race on the Republican side, following 45th President Donald Trump, who told reporters he suggested she “should” run, and Steve Laffey, the former Mayor of Cranston, Rhode Island. Other potential candidates include Ron DeSantis, John Bolton, and Larry Hogan.

On Haley’s official campaign website, there is no policy platform available at the time of writing, but there is a “record of results” from her time as governor and ambassador.

When ranked by word count, the two most important domestic policies are immigration and abortion, tied with 154 words each. By the same metric, the issues with the fewest words are election integrity, and protecting the Second Amendment, with 78 and 66 words respectively.

However, the issue which the campaign has devoted the most words to overall is Haley’s defence of Israel, with 190 words written about her time in the United Nations. The next most detailed issues in both foreign and domestic policy are her desire to protect human rights overseas, and her attacking Iran, North Korea, and China.

Overall, 997 words are dedicated to domestic policy, and 843 words to foreign policy in total.

Haley has faced criticism for a number of those policy stances and attitudes. Taylor Budowich, a former spokesman for President Trump, and head of Trump super PAC, MAGA Inc, slammed Haley as “just another career politician” in a statement following her announcement.

“She started out as a Never Trumper before resigning to serve in the Trump admin. She then resigned early to go rake in money on corporate boards,” Budowich argued. “Now, she’s telling us she represents a ‘new generation.’ Sure just looks like more of the same, a career politician whose only fulfilled commitment is to herself.”

Last July, Fox News host Tucker Carlson warned attendees at the Family Leadership Summit in Iowa to be “really wary of [presidential] candidates who care what the New York Times thinks,” pointing to her as a prime example of submitting to whatever new media narrative arose.

In January, Darren Beattie of Revolver News reposted an article from 2020, featuring the “never-ending list” of reasons why Haley shouldn’t be president, including arguing that she is a “Bush-era neocon relic,” that she is “tough on Tehran but weak on tech,” among other accusations.

According to the most recent polling from Morning Consult, Haley starts her presidential race with a mere 3% support, behind Mike Pence at 7% and DeSantis at 31%, both of whom have yet to announce, and far behind Trump in the lead at 47%.

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