Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley will announce her candidacy for president on Feb. 15 in Charleston, according to people familiar with her plans.
Haley will be the first Republican to enter the 2024 presidential election this year, facing former President Donald Trump, who announced his candidacy last year.
According to a source familiar with the matter, she plans to send out invitations to her supporters announcing a special event in the near future. Exact details of her launch have yet to be revealed. Possibility has not been determined.
A spokesperson for Hailey did not immediately provide details about the plans.
post and courier The expected date and location of the announcement was first reported by Washington Post We were the first to report details of Haley’s preparations.
Dave Wilson, president of the Palmetto Family Council, a Christian nonprofit, told CNN, “Since she left the United Nations Governor-General’s office, South Carolina has seen Nicky prepare for a bigger launch. There was always this feeling of being in. “Now we’re in the presidential countdown window. You guys better tighten up.”
Haley made her most explicit yet in an interview earlier this year that she plans to seek the Republican presidential nomination.
“When I consider running for president, I consider two things: First, whether the current situation supports new leadership. Who could be the new leader?” she told Fox News.
“Yes, we have to go in a new direction,” Haley said. “And can I be that leader? Yes, I think I can be that leader.
Haley, who served as UN ambassador to the Trump administration I called Trump recently The former president told reporters over the weekend to tell him she was thinking of starting the campaign.
“She called me and said she wanted to look into it. I said, ‘You should do it,'” Trump said, recalling the conversation.
This story has been updated with additional information.