Nikki Haley wIll would have announced his 2024 presidential bid in just over two weeks, potentially starting a flurry of GOP presidential announcements.
Haley, 51, will formally announce her White House bid on Feb. 15 at The Shed at the Charleston Visitor Center in Charleston, South Carolina, according to the Post and Courier. The Associated Press also verified the former Republican governor’s intentions.
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Haley, the former governor of South Carolina, has been teasing a 2024 bid for months. She told Fox News Channel’s Bret Baier that she thinks she “can be that leader.”
Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley speaks at an annual Republican Jewish Coalition leadership meeting Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Haley was the first female governor of South Carolina. She served from 2011 to 2017 and later served as ambassador to the United Nations under then-President Donald Trump in 2017 and 2018.
The only Republican candidate who has officially announced a presidential bid for 2024 is Trump. He announced his candidacy in November.
On Saturday, Trump went to New Hampshire and South Carolina to kick off his presidential campaign. He fielded a South Carolina campaign leadership team full of influential allies, from Gov. Henry McMaster (R-SC) to Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), with the intention of warning future opponents.
However, one former adviser said Trump’s maneuvering did little to instill confidence in his prospects. “He’s trying to fake something. It’s almost like that [attempt at] channeling 2016, and it just doesn’t work,” said the former adviser. “The spirits are not with him.”
Trump told reporters aboard his plane that Haley had called him to say she was considering an offer. The former president said she encouraged it despite her one-time promise not to run against him, according to Politico.
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Several other GOP leaders have mocked the 2024 bids. They include Mike Pompeo, former Vice President Mike Pence and Govs. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) and Kristi Noem (R-SD).