Former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley announced early Tuesday morning that she will seek the Republican nomination for President in 2024, becoming former president Donald Trump’s first official challenger.
In the process, she also broke a promise to not to run for president should Trump decide to make another bid for the Oval Office.
In her video announcement, Haley explained she is running because “it’s time for a new generation of leadership,” taking a subtle shot at both Trump and Joe Biden.
Get excited! Time for a new generation.
Let’s do this! 👊 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/BD5k4WY1CP
— Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley) February 14, 2023
Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley said on Tuesday that she will seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2024, putting her at odds with one-time boss Donald Trump, the ex-president also seeking to win back the White House.
“I’m Nikki Haley and I’m running for president,” Haley said in a video that her team sent out by email.
Haley, a former South Carolina governor who served as Trump’s U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, will lay out her campaign plans in a speech in Charleston, South Carolina, on Wednesday.
She became Trump’s first direct challenger in a Republican field expected to grow in coming weeks and months.
“It’s time for a new generation of leadership – to rediscover fiscal responsibility, secure our border, and strengthen our country, our pride and our purpose,” Haley said in her video.
“China and Russia are on the march. They all think we can be bullied, kicked. You should know this about me: I don’t put up with bullies. And when you kick back, it hurts them more if you’re wearing heels,” she said.