Nikki Haley is nearing the officialization of the presidential election.
On Wednesday, supporters of the former South Carolina governor will receive an email invitation to the February 15 launch event in Charleston. about them.
News of Haley’s plans first broke in Charleston’s Post and Courier.
Haley, 51, served six years as governor of South Carolina before serving as President Donald Trump’s Ambassador to the United Nations. When she enters the race, Haley will be the first candidate to enter the contest against her former boss, who is currently the only Republican seeking his party’s 2024 nomination.
Trump was in South Carolina on Saturday for the first campaign of the 2024 campaign, alongside Gov. Henry McMaster (who served as Lt. Gov. Haley) and several Republicans on the state delegation. was standing. .
During the Trump administration, Haley occasionally feuded with other White House officials while fortifying her own public persona. Her 2018 resignation fueled speculation that she would either challenge Trump in 2020 or replace Vice President Mike Pence on the ticket, but Haley did neither.
Instead, Haley returned to South Carolina, bought a home on Keawah Island, joined the board of directors of aircraft manufacturer Boeing, and reportedly demanded as much as $200,000 in fees. I wrote This is a common step many take on their way to White-Her House.
Haley initially questioned Trump’s political future after the Jan. 6 siege of the Capitol, but said she would not challenge him in 2024.
In 2021, Haley told the Associated Press that “if President Trump ran, I wouldn’t run,” but she’s since changed course, working through Stand for America’s Nonprofit and Political Action Committee. Strengthen and endorse dozens of candidates. 2022 midterm elections.
During a visit to her alma mater late last year, Hailey told an audience at Clemson University that she was “taking time off” to consider running.
Recently, when asked why she was considering running despite her 2021 comments, Haley told Fox News that “a lot has changed”, referring to economic problems in the United States among others.
She went on to say that she feels she can be part of a “new generational shift,” which indirectly indicates Trump’s aging.
In South Carolina on Saturday, Trump told WIS-TV that Haley called him a few days ago to ask for his opinion. Trump pointed out that she had previously promised not to oppose him, but she said she didn’t try to stop her.
“She said she would never go against me because I was the best president ever, but people change their opinions and change what’s on their minds,” Trump said. , if your heart wants to do it, you must do it.”