Nikki Haley joins 2024 presidential nomination


Nikki Haley, former South Carolina governor and United Nations ambassador, launches her 2024 presidential campaign on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2023, in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/ Meg Kinnard)

Nikki Haley, former South Carolina governor and United Nations (UN) ambassador, announced her candidacy for the 2024 presidential election.

Haley served two terms as governor until the former president, Donald Trump, chose her to be the country’s ambassador to the UN, a position she held from January 2017 to December 2018.

Now, Haley is Trump’s first opponent in the Republican primary.

Haley made strides as the first woman and Indian-American to serve as governor of the state. If she wins the Republican presidential nomination in 2024, she will make history once more as the first woman and the first Asian-American to lead the Grand Old Party (GOP) ticket.

Haley launched her candidacy through a Twitter video that highlighted her achievements as governor.  She deplored the fact that Republicans had lost the popular vote in seven out of the last eight elections and emphasized how this is a trend that has to change.

“The Washington establishment has failed us over and over and over again,” said Haley. “It’s time for a new generation of leadership.”

In a statement to The Associated Press in April 2021,  Haley said she would not oppose Trump if he decided to launch a third presidential bid. However, she later withdrew this statement in a Fox News interview and claimed her plans for her political future may have changed due to the Biden administration’s withdrawal from Afghanistan and the country’s economic difficulties.

President Donald Trump meets with outgoing U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley in the Oval Office of the White House, Oct. 9, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

“When you’re looking at the future of America, I think it’s time for new generational change. I don’t think you need to be 80 years old to go be a leader in D.C.,” Haley told Fox News. “I think we need a young generation to come in, step up, and really start fixing things.”

West Virginia Republican Senator, Shelley Moore Capito, explained how Haley contributes a crucial voice to the coming election.

“I think we need a diversity of voices and certainly more women nominees from Republicans, as we had some last time,” Capito told CBS News.

Trump and Haley are the only two Republicans who have formally entered the campaign for the party’s nomination, but more Republicans are anticipated to enter, including former Vice President Mike Pence, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu, and DeSantis.

Stay tuned for updates on new information regarding the 2024 presidential election.