WASHINGTON (OSV News) — Former U.N. ambassador and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley announced Feb. 14 that she is running for president, becoming the first major Republican candidate to enter the party’s primary against former President Donald Trump.
In a video posted on social media announcing her 2024 bid, Haley said, “It’s time for a new generation of leadership.”
In a roughly three-and-a-half minute video, Haley detailed her background as the daughter of Indian immigrants, saying she grew up feeling out of place in her South Carolina town that she said was often “divided by race.”
“But my mom would always say your job is not to focus on the differences, but the similarities,” Haley said. “And my parents reminded me and my siblings every day how blessed we were to live in America.”
Haley argued that the Republican Party needs to turn to “the values that still make our country the freest and greatest in the world.”
“Republicans have lost the popular vote in seven out of the last eight presidential elections,” Haley said. “That has to change.”
The winner of the GOP presidential primary will likely face President Joe Biden, a Catholic who is expected to run for a second term as the Democratic nominee, in November 2024.
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