(LibertySociety.com) – Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley is expected to announce her bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024 on February 15th in Charleston, South Carolina. Haley’s entry into the race represents a change in her previous position, as she declared in 2021 that she would not run for president if her former boss, Donald Trump, decided to run. However, in a recent interview with Fox News, she indicated a change of plans, stating that she believes it’s time for new generational leadership in the future of America.
Haley, who has been seen as a potential presidential candidate for some time, has a notable political background. She served as the governor of South Carolina for six years and then joined the Trump administration as U.N. Ambassador for two years. She has since launched a political nonprofit and a political action committee, Stand for America, that supports endorsed candidates and funded her travel to early-voting states like Iowa and New Hampshire.
Haley’s decision to launch her campaign in South Carolina highlights the importance of the early-voting state to her potential for success, according to POLITICO. However, Senator Tim Scott may also be considering a run, which could provide her with extra competition. Meanwhile, her former boss, Donald Trump, is also focusing on South Carolina, having recently made an appearance in Columbia and receiving the endorsements of several allies in the state.
According to The BBC, Haley is known for her work bringing businesses to her state. She also reportedly made headlines for her response to the 2015 Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church shooting.
Although she did work with Trump during his presidency, she actually endorsed Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) back in 2016. She held the role of U.N. Ambassador for two years and was never publicly at odds with Trump, although she did criticize his behavior leading up to the Capitol riot on January 6, 2021. As she moves forward with her own presidential bid, she may have to reconcile her association with Trump, who continues to hold at least some sway over the Republican Party, with the need to appeal to a broader coalition of voters in a crowded and potentially unpredictable field.
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