‘May the best woman win’: Nikki Haley announces 2024 GOP presidential run

‘I will simply say this: May the best woman win’
Former South Carolina governor and United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley announced she's running for president
Published: Feb. 15, 2023 at 8:10 AM EST|Updated: Feb. 15, 2023 at 5:35 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WMBF) - A former governor of South Carolina and UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley formally kicked off her campaign for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination Wednesday afternoon in Charleston.

Haley announced Tuesday that she is running for president of the United States.

During her first campaign event, Haley touted an “America first” and “anti-big government” agenda, saying the country faces a need for more police officers, border patrol, and a new generation of leaders.

Haley often referenced her immigrant roots and military ties, saying, “I stand before you as the daughter of immigrants – as a proud wife of a combat veteran – and as the mom of two amazing children.”

Haley becomes the first major challenger to former President Donald Trump for the 2024 Republican nomination, who nominated her for Ambassador to the United Nations, a position for which many people said she didn’t have the experience.

“I’ve been underestimated before. That’s always fun! And I’ve been shaking up the status quo my entire life. As I set out on this new journey, I will simply say this: May the best woman win,” said Haley.

She is the only Republican woman of color expected in the 2024 contest. Facing steep odds, she often reminds people she has never lost an election.

“I have a particular message for my fellow Republicans,” said Haley. “We’ve lost the popular vote in seven of the last eight presidential elections. Our cause is right, but we have failed to win the confidence of a majority of Americans. Well, that ends today. If you’re tired of losing, then put your trust in a new generation... Look past the failed ideas and leaders in Washington – and find the courage to be part of the solution.”

She once vowed not to step in the way if former President Donald Trump ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024. But on Wednesday, she became the first major Republican candidate to enter the race against him.