Addressing a potential presidential run in 2024, former US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Saturday that she has “never lost an election” and is looking at a White House bid “in a serious way.”
“A lot of people have asked if I want to be president. Now that the midterms are over, I’ll be looking at it seriously and have more to say soon,” Hayley said at a Republican Jewish Coalition meeting in Las Vegas.
“For now I say this. I’ve won tough primaries and tough general elections. I’ve been the underdog every time. It’s always nice when people underestimate me. But I’ve never lost an election. And I’m not going to start now,” Haley said.
The former South Carolina governor hinted at a possible White House bid when she criticized President Biden’s plans to have the US return to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which former President Trump left in 2018.
“If Biden manages to get back into the Iran deal, I will make you a promise. I’ve said it before. The next president will shred it on her first day in office,” Haley said, sparking a wave of cheers and applause from the audience.
Haley had used the same line at the Christians United for Israel summit earlier this year, adding that “sometimes it takes a woman.”
Haley has long been a rumored 2024 candidate and has dodged questions about whether Trump should run for re-election to the White House.
Trump announced his 2024 run last week. His announcement followed disappointing interim results for Republicans, including losses by several of the former president’s favored candidates.
As many in the GOP appear to be backing away from Trump, other potential 2024 contenders — including Florida Governor Haley, Ron DeSantis (R) and former Vice President Mike Pence — are being named as possible challengers to the former president in the GOP Presidential Primaries.
DeSantis, who has sounded well in a hypothetical primary game against Trump, fueled 2024 speculation with his victory over Democrat Charlie Crist in the interim.
Pence evaded a question last month about whether he would vote for Trump in 2024.
“Well, maybe there’s someone else I prefer,” Pence said.
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