On Tuesday, February 14th, the former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley announced her candidacy in the Presidential race of 2024. The announcement was made after weeks of speculation which made it all the more anticipated.
Haley is known for having acted as U.N. Ambassador for nearly two years under the Trump presidency which catapulted her to the national spotlight. Before this and her tenure as governor, she also was a U.S. Representative to her home state of South Carolina. She had also held positions of leadership in high-ranking organizations such as The National Organization of Women Business Owners and the Orangeburg County Chamber of Commerce by acting as a member of their respective boards.
While in the past she had declared that she would not run for president if President Trump ran again, she has now shifted her perspective calling for a “new generation” to lead the way. She claims to not have asked the former president for a blessing of any kind, which is seen by many as a sign of departure from the extraordinary Trump presidency and attempting to bring new air to the Republican party.
Furthermore, Nikki Haley is currently the first and only Republican to challenge former president Donald Trump, and as such is already facing criticism within her party. Many are calling her a career politician and citing her on-the-fence record on her support of Trumpism.
Nikki Haley is the daughter of Indian immigrants, who spent her childhood between South Carolina, USA and British Columbia, Canada. In her presidential postulatory speech, she explained that growing up she was seen as “not Black, not white — I was different,” which as a Republican woman of color--representing a novelty for the party--is already expected to go far in the nominative race not only of her party but also of the electoral college.
Under these circumstances, her presidential candidacy is very important as she is the first person of Indian descent, and therefore of immigrants of a peripheral nation, to run for the nomination of a major party. Just as she was the first woman to preside over the gubernatorial office of South Carolina, Nikki Haley may also become the first woman, and daughter of immigrants to govern in the United States.
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