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‘Stay tuned’: Indian-American Nikki Haley hints at presidential run

NEW DELHI: After Kamala Harris and Tulsi Gabbard, it’s prominent Indian-American Republican leader Nikki Haley who is eyeing an ambitious presidential campaign in 2024.
In a recent interview, Haley, who was part of the Trump administration, said that she thinks she can be the “new leader” who can take the country in a new direction and the United States cannot have a second term under Joe Biden as president.
Speaking to Fox News on Thursday, the former Governor of South Carolina and US Ambassador to the United Nations, said she is still working things out on any potential presidential run.
“I think, stay tuned. Well, I’m not going to make an announcement here,” the 51-year-old leader said when specifically asked if she is going to run for the presidential position.
Earlier, Haley had said she would use the coming Christmas holidays to decide whether to launch a run for the White House in 2024.
“When you’re looking at a run for president, you look at two things. You first look at, does the current situation push for new leadership? The second question is, am I that person that could be that new leader, that, yes, we need to go in a new direction? And can I be that leader? Yes, I think I can be that leader,” Haley told Fox News.
Haley, who resigned from the Trump administration in October 2018, said she did extremely well as governor and ambassador.
“As governor, I took on a hurting state with double-digit unemployment, and we made it the best. As ambassador, I took on the world when they tried to disrespect us. I think I showed what I’m capable of at the United Nations,” she asserted.
“So, do I think I could be that leader? Yes. But we are still working through things, and we will figure it out. I have never lost a race. I said that then. I still say that now. I’m not going to lose now. But stay tuned,” Haley said.
Haley, the second governor of Indian descent after fellow Republican Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, said it was time to bring new leadership to the Republican Party.
“We have lost the last seven out of eight popular votes for president. Seven out of eight Republicans have lost. Something is wrong. And so I think it’s time that we bring in a new generation that can bring in more people to our party, that can really talk about the solutions that we need to go,” she said.
During the interview, Haley also emphasised that President Biden, a Democrat, should not be given a second term. Biden, 80, is the oldest sitting US President.
“If I run, I’m running against Joe Biden. That’s what I’m focused on, because we can’t have a second term of Joe Biden,” Haley said.
The next US presidential election is scheduled to be held on November 5, 2024.
Haley was not categorical if she would still be running if her former boss Trump decides to contest for the presidential position again.
(With inputs from PTI)

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