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Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley is vowing to remain in the race much longer despite losing to former President Donald Trump in Iowa, New Hampshire, and Nevada.
During an interview on “Fox News @ Night,” Haley declared that the U.S. will have a female president, whether it’s her or Kamala Harris, claiming that former President Donald Trump cannot win the general election.
“This is about the fact that we are going to have a female President of the United States. It will either be me or it will be Kamala Harris. I voted for Trump twice. I was proud to serve in his administration, but chaos follows him. We can’t be a country in disarray in a world on fire and go through four more years of chaos. We won’t survive it,” Haley said.
She continued, “And he can’t win a general election. That’s a fact. We lost in 2018. We lost in 2020. We lost in 2022. Look at what happened yesterday. He lost his case on immunity, and he’s got a year’s worth of court cases yet. The Republicans couldn’t get a border situation done. They couldn’t impeach Secretary Mayorkas. They couldn’t pass a pro-Israel bill. The RNC is imploding. All of that has Trump’s fingerprints on it. Everything he touches is chaos, and we continue to lose. How many more times do we have to lose before we realize that is the problem?”
“Look at the messaging. Trump as the Republican incumbent didn’t get 43% of the vote in New Hampshire. That’s not small. You look at the general election polls. Trump is down in every one of those polls. Down 7, down 9. On his best day, it’s margin of error. We had a Marquette poll come out recently in Wisconsin, I defeat Biden by 15 points. Wall Street Journal, I defeat Biden by 17 points,” Haley said.
Haley downplayed her losses in Iowa, New Hampshire, and Nevada, saying that she’s focused on the next major contest in the GOP nominating calendar.
The primary will be later this month in her home state of South Carolina, as well as on Super Tuesday in early March.
“You know we started with 14 candidates. I have outdone and defeated a dozen of them. I have one left. We had two percent in Iowa. We got to 20%. We got to 43% in New Hampshire. We moved 25 points in the last three weeks in New Hampshire. We are going to go as hard as we can and make sure that we touch every spot of South Carolina and touch every person. They know that I was a good governor. Now we are showing them that I can be a good president well,” Haley said.
“So we’re going to work hard. We think that we’re going to have a good day, and we’re going to keep on going into Michigan. We’re going on to Super Tuesday. We’re not stopping,” she summarized.
“I’m staying in this race. I mean, the court cases are an issue of itself. I’m staying in this race because Republicans cannot lose another general election. We lost in 2018. We lost in 2020. We lost in 2022. How many more times do you have to lose because of one person before you say maybe this isn’t a winning combination? That’s why I’m staying in. I’m staying in because I don’t want my kids to live like this. I don’t want anybody else’s kids to live like this,” Haley began.
“We’ve got to start really focusing on what matters. America is too distracted. And when America is distracted, the world is less safe. And we’re seeing that play out in front of us. We have to wake up and say now is the time to right the ship. Now is the time — I have no issues with Donald Trump. I voted for him twice. I was proud to serve America and his administration. This isn’t personal for me,” Haley added.