Sen. Rand Paul, a conservative Republican from Kentucky, announced the creation of a political action committee that will discourage voters from choosing Nikki Haley as the Republican presidential nominee.
“I have been watching the GOP Primary closely for a while now, and I like various aspects of several candidates – Republicans like President Trump, Governor DeSantis, and Vivek Ramaswamy. I’m interested in the ideas of some independents too, such as Bobby Kennedy. As I look over the field, I don’t think I yet have a first choice, but I do know one thing: count me in as Never Nikki,” he wrote on the PAC’s newly launched website.
“Based on her record and campaign, I don’t see how any thoughtful or informed libertarian or conservative should vote for Nikki Haley. If you agree, let your voice be heard,” he wrote.
Haley has surged past Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in some polls. In New Hampshire, Haley is now at 28%, up from 18% in November in a recent Emerson College poll. DeSantis is down to 7%. Former President Donald Trump is at 44%, down from 49%. The poll was conducted Jan. 8-10 among 751 Republican presidential primary voters in New Hampshire.
In national poll averages published by FiveThirtyEight.com, Haley and DeSantis are neck-and-neck at about 12%, while Trump sits at 60% of the Republican voters.
But Sen. Paul isn’t buying what Haley is selling.
“Nikki Haley supports Biden and McConnell and the forever-war crowd on funding for the war in Ukraine. Her thirst for war is so strong she actually said: ‘I’m sick of talking about a Department of Defense. I want a Department of Offense.’
“She even personally received millions of dollars from the arms merchants who benefit from the war, a conflict of interest that undergirds her eagerness for foreign military intervention. This position isn’t new either – as governor of South Carolina she gave tax dollars to those same arms merchants, and they showered her with campaign contributions and a seat on their board when she left office.While most others were decrying the mistakes of the past 20 years, and fighting for an America First foreign policy, Nikki Haley was aligning herself with and declaring her foreign policy allies to be John McCain and Lindsey Graham.
Nikki Haley believes in nearly unlimited foreign aid — we have sent over $100 BILLION we don’t have to Ukraine already and she wants more. But this also isn’t new. In her book With All Due Respect, she wrote ‘Humanitarian Assistance will always be a priority for the United States, we will always be generous.'”
But Nikki Haley’s ‘generosity’ with your tax dollars and her support for all foreign aid in the context of a $34 TRILLION dollar debt is in no way libertarian or conservative. Beyond the issues of endless wars, Nikki Haley’s lack of respect for freedom of speech is shocking to anyone who believes in the constitution.
Sen. Paul said that Nikki Haley believes that all internet posters should be registered and verified.
“This flies in the face of a free American Republic whose founders wrote anonymously the Federalist Papers and routinely posted newspaper articles and pamphlets under Pseudonyms. Anyone who doesn’t fully believe in free speech or who wants endless wars has no business anywhere near the White House.But wait, there’s more.
Nikki Haley routinely praised the mission of the United Nations, the results they achieved, and the people who ran it, Rand said.
“First up, her quote ‘I believe the U.N. does valuable work.‘ By that she means your tax dollars since the US is the primary funder of UN. She repeatedly praised the U.N. Secretary General (former president of Socialist International) and declared that they ‘think alike,'” he wrote.
“Nikki Haley disagreed with President Trump’s decision to pull U.S. troops out of Syria and Afghanistan and defended continued U.S. presence in both places. If you want to move quickly to domestic policy, in South Carolina, Nikki Haley advocated for a gas tax hike, a state-run vaccine registry and never lifted a finger for school choice,” Rand wrote.