Nikki Haley announces run for president, challenging Trump

Nikki Haley, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and a prominent Republican figure, announced that she will be running for president in the 2024 election.

Haley, who is the first female and first non-white governor of South Carolina, is expected to appeal to a wide range of Republicans, including both traditional conservatives and supporters of former President Donald Trump.

She has been a vocal critic of the Biden administration’s policies and has positioned herself as a potential candidate who can unite the party and win back the White House. However, she faces competition from other potential Republican candidates who are also eyeing a run in 2024.

Nikki Haley, the former South Carolina governor and United Nations ambassador, announced her candidacy for president on Tuesday, becoming the first major challenger to former President Donald Trump for the 2024 Republican nomination.

The announcement, delivered in a tweeted video, marks an about-face for the ex-Trump Cabinet official, who said two years ago that she wouldn’t challenge her former boss for the White House in 2024. But she changed her mind in recent months, citing, among other things, the country’s economic troubles and the need for “generational change,” a nod to the 76-year-old Trump’s age.

“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,” Haley said. “I’m Nikki Haley, and I’m running for president.”

Haley, 51, is the first in a long line of Republicans who are expected to launch 2024 campaigns in the coming months. Among them are Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, former Vice President Mike Pence, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina.