Nikki Haley announces candidacy for president


On Tuesday, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley announced her candidacy for president, making her the second to formally announce as a Republican. Her first kick-off event will be held in Charleston, S.C. on Feb. 15.

Former President Trump announced he is running in November. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is considered a front-runner, has not yet announced.

Haley was the United Nations ambassador for former Trump and was twice elected governor of her state. Her parents immigrated from India before she was born, making her a second-generation American. She graduated from Clemson University with a degree in accounting and served in the South Carolina House of Representatives.

Haley, in her video announcement released on Twitter, (see it below) called for a generational change and said she would be a strong leader to take on adversaries, both foreign and domestic.

At 51 years old, she is 25 years younger than Trump, who is 76, and 29 years younger than President Joe Biden, who is 80.

The presidential election is Nov. 5, 2024, now 630 days from her announcement, but the first Republican primary or caucus is less than a year away. The Iowa Republican caucus takes place Feb. 5, 2024.

Although he has vocally declared his intent to run, John Bolton, former National Security Adviser to Trump, and former ambassador to the U.N., has not officially announced his candidacy.

Other Republicans who have hinted they may run:

  • Ron DeSantis, in his second term as governor of Florida, former member of House of Representatives, decision expected by May.
  • Larry Elder, radio show host, attorney, and Republican candidate during the recall election of California Gov. Gavin Newsom
  • Asa Hutchinson, former Arkansas governor, former administrator of U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency
  • Mike Pompeo, former Secretary of State, former director of CIA, former U.S. Representative from Kansas.

Others who have shown interest in running are former Vice President Mike Pence, entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, former Michigan Congressman Mike Rogers, New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, and former Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney.

According to the polling firm Morning Consult, Haley is at this point a long-shot, with Trump leading the pack of potential Republican candidates with 47% support from likely Republican voters, according to poll results released Feb. 14, 2023.


    • I’d personally give that honor to John “let’s just bomb Iran” Bolton, but maybe you aren’t familiar with him.

  1. She’s a neocon. I would never vote for her or Tim Scott, or Lindsey Graham. The entire South Carolina GOP is a disaster. Please, no more of the GWB garabage!

  2. The only two in that list of wannabes I’m open to are Scott and Noem.

    Pence has no chance and the rest are a collection of never weres and never will bes.

      • Who is funding Desantis? I like him, but I would like to know who is behind him financially and what he has to promise in return.

        • He’s not officially running yet. When he does come out though it will be at a time and a place of his choosing. He doesn’t have an appetite to take on Trump’s yipper dog mouth any longer than he has to. Trump is like the little yipper dog on the porch it comes running out molding and barking and growling at you and then you kick him in the teeth once and he goes muttering back under the porch.

  3. No thanks.
    She’s a classic RINO – and she back stabbed Trump.
    Total waste of time with Zero chance of success.
    Nikki go take of your family and continue your grifting opportunities from being an establishment politico.

  4. I nominate U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan from the great state of Alaska for the presidency of the United States of America 😉

  5. Just a yawn from me. She won’t get any lefty support, but after she bit Trump, she won’t get any of the Trump voters either. I like her description as ‘a better looking Mitt Romney’.

  6. Something I’m curious about is where she thinks her constituency is.

    She won’t get the Trump faction.
    She won’t get the Establishment faction.
    She definitely won’t get the Southern faction.
    She probably won’t attract a fresh crop of non whites in just because she in it.

    About the only group who might go for her are the Never Trumpers. And that’s only because she publicly broke with him. But then tried to walk it back.

    If “you” think you’ve got a plan and want to run with it, do it. But never jump into this without knowing what core group wants you in. Otherwise you’re Jeb Bush.

    • Critically, how far is she going to get with the new GOP? Does she think she’s going to get an upwelling of support for her removal of the confederate flag from the Statehouse?

  7. The only one who could withstand Trump’s attack is Mike Pompeo. Most of the others have made bad decisions towards Trump and he will eat them alive in the debates. It will be interesting.

    • Trump is going to come across as a whiny little spank boy in a debate. His bitterness is not palatable to most Americans. DeSantis will get the nomination because he’s true blue, true American, war hero, All American father and doesn’t have the baggage that Trump has. If you want a real conservative, look no further than Ron DeSantis. If you want the country to look like Florida in recent years, vote for DeSantis. If you want the world to respect America again and actually fear America, vote for DeSantis. If you want our Southern border secure and illegal aliens shown the way home, DeSantis is your man. It’s not a really tough decision. And DeSantis doesn’t go around telling his clonies to grab them by the p****.

    • I don’t see Trump making it past Super Tuesday at this point.

      His best hope is the GOP does what it usually does and f’s things up. A crowded primary is how he got in last time.

  8. Not voting for her she was against trump and haven’t shown good decisions. She won’t make the cut besides she is already part of the problems we currently have not part of solutions.

  9. If Trump falters, or fails gain momentum, then a very logical choice would be Larry Elder. He has been consistent in his conservative principals more than most others.

  10. If Trump falters, or fails to gain momentum, then a very logical choice would be Larry Elder. He has been consistent in his conservative principals more than most others.

  11. She is right about one thing. The GOP has lost the popular vote in every POTUS race since Bush 43’s re election.

    While the games is electoral college, not the popular vote, at some point you gotta win the popular vote or you will lose the EC, too.

  12. Just pointing out something. The right has a bench. There are several possible candidates that could do the job if elected. Who does the left/socialists have? NO! Not mayor pete, lol. OR kamala.

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