Nikki Haley expected to announce run for president on Feb. 15

 February 1, 2023

Nikki Haley is expected to announce her run for president later this month, becoming the first major Republican candidate to join the race after former President Donald Trump.

Haley is expected to make her announcement about the 2024 run at the Shed at the Charleston Visitor Center in Charleston, South Carolina.

Her background

"Haley, the former governor of South Carolina, has been teasing a 2024 bid for months. She told Bret Baier on Fox News Channel that she thinks she 'can be that leader,'" the Washington Examiner reported.

"Haley was the first woman governor of South Carolina. She served from 2011 to 2017 and later was ambassador to the United Nations under then-President Donald Trump in 2017 and 2018," it added.

Haley and Trump

"During the Trump administration, Haley feuded at times with other White House officials while bolstering her own public persona," the Associated Press reported.

"Her 2018 departure fueled speculation that she would challenge Trump in 2020, or replace Vice President Mike Pence on the ticket, but Haley did neither," it added.

The news comes after Trump kicked off his 2024 campaign with stops over the weekend in New Hampshire and Haley's South Carolina.

Trump's backers in the state included Gov. Henry McMaster and South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham. Haley did not attend.

New generational change

Haley also took a recent jab at both Trump and President Joe Biden during a Fox News interview earlier this month.

“When you’re looking at the future of America, I think it’s time for new generational change,” she said. “I don’t think you need to be 80 years old to go be a leader in D.C.”

Haley's announcement could lead the way for other GOP candidates to jump into the race. Other rumored contenders include former Vice President Mike Pence, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

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