Nikki Haley, an American politician of Indian descent, has declared her intention to run for president in 2024. Recently, the Republican politician and former UN Ambassador announced on Twitter that there would be a “special announcement” on February 15. This sparked speculation that he would run for president in 2024.
On Tuesday, the former governor of South Carolina and ambassador to the UN declared her candidature for president, making her the first significant contender to outgoing President Donald Trump for the Republican nomination in 2024.
The fact that the declaration was made in a video is also a U-turn for the former Trump Cabinet official, who declared two years ago that she wouldn’t run against her predecessor for the presidency in 2024.
“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,”said Haley.“I’m Nikki Haley and I’m running for president.”
Haley, 51, is the first of many Republicans who are anticipated to begin their campaigns for the year 2024 in the coming months. They include Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, former Vice President Mike Pence, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
Joe Biden, the president, has declared his intention to run for reelection in 2024, putting a stop to any bidding for the Democratic nomination.
Haley frequently extols her record of bucking political norms, claiming,“I’ve never lost an election, and I’m not going to start now.”
If elected, Haley would be the first American president of Indian heritage and the first female president of the country. Haley, a South Carolina native and the daughter of Indian immigrants, has frequently discussed the effect that racism has had on her life and career.
Henry McMaster, the lieutenant governor who was the first statewide elected official in the country to support Trump’s 2016 campaign, was pleased when Trump appointed Haley as his U.N. ambassador shortly after his victory. Haley’s resignation made it possible for McMaster to win the governorship he had been vying for ever since his humiliating primary loss to none other than Haley seven years prior.
Haley became the first Indian American to serve in a presidential Cabinet after receiving Senate confirmation.