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Running for: US President

Nikki Haley served as governor of South Carolina and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under president Trump. While she once said she would not run against Trump, her campaign announcement in February included a clear jab at both Trump and Biden: “America is not past our prime, it’s just that our politicians are past theirs.” She also touted her success as a first-generation Indian American. “Joe and Kamala even say America is racist. Nothing could be further from the truth,” she said.

Position on Issues

Other, 2023

Haley said she will seek to build consensus around a ban on late-term abortions, although she cautions that it is unlikely a ban could pass the 60-vote threshold of the U.S. Senate.

"I think that there is a federal role for this. But if we're going to do that, you have to be honest with the American people of what it takes to do that. In order to pass anything, you have to have a majority of the House; you have to have 60 Senate votes; and you have to have a signature of a president. We haven't had 60 pro-life senators in over 100 years. We might have 45.

"So if you look at it from that standpoint, don't let anyone in the media; don't let any political party tell you that a Republican president can ban abortion laws in our country because they can't anymore than a Democrat president can ban our state laws. So what can we do with consensus?

"That's exactly what it is. We come through with consensus and say, 'What can we all agree on?' I think we can all agree on banning late- term abortions. I think we can all agree on encouraging adoptions and making sure those foster kids feel more loved, not less. I think we can agree on doctors and nurses who don't believe in abortions shouldn't have to perform them. I think we can agree on the fact that contraception should be accessible. And I think we can all come together and say any woman that has an abortion shouldn't be jailed or -- or -- or given the death penalty. Can't we start there?"

Other, 2023

"When I was Governor of South Carolina, I had to balance the budget. You have to balance a budget? Why is Congress the only group that doesn't have to balance a budget? When I am President, we will stop the spending. We will stop the borrowing. We will stop the earmarks. And I will veto any spending bill that doesn't take us back to pre-COVID levels. That's how we'll take care of things."

Other, 2023

"You can't be trustful of a regime that goes in and tries to take away people's freedoms. What we need to understand is that Ukraine has the ability to win. But we have to think bigger than that. And for them to sit there and say that this is a territorial dispute, that's just not the case. To say that we should stay neutral, it is in the best interests of America. It's in the best interests of our national security for Ukraine to win. We have to see this through. We have to finish it."

Other, 2023

"We will stop giving the hundreds of billions of dollars of handouts to illegal immigrants. We will go back to remain in Mexico because guess what, nobody wants to remain in Mexico. We will keep the provisions of Title 42. And instead of catch and release, we will go to catch and deport. That is the way we will stop the bleeding on our border. We have to do this."

Other, 2023

"You know, everybody wants to say, oh, but why can't you get rid of -- let's get rid of AR-15s. The reality is, even if you did that, it might make you feel good today, there's going to be another shooting next week. ... We don't want to take away the constitutional right for someone to protect and defend their families in America. And when you've got crime at all-time highs, you've got illegal immigrants crossing the border, you've got mental health crisis that's as much as it is, the last thing I'm going to do is take away the ability for someone to protect themselves in event."

Other, 2023

"But I do think it goes to say, we need to continue to have election integrity laws. When I was governor in South Carolina, we pushed for a on-the-record -- I'm sorry -- we pushed to make sure that we had transparency in voting.

"And when we did, we had voter ID. And when we did, they said we were disenfranchising voters. I was vilified by the media at the time. And I said, if you've got to show picture ID to buy Sudafed; if you've got to show picture ID to get on a plane, you should have to show picture ID to protect the integrity of the election contest."

Book, 2012

In her book, "Can't Is Not an Option," Haley wrote, "I believe that public officials go to Columbia or Washington with the best of intentions. But along the way people with energy & good ideas got broken. They were told not to step out of line. From business I was used to the idea that you put your most qualified, best people in positions of authority. Government didn't work that way. The people who got the plum assignments in the legislature were the people who had gone along with what the leadership told them to do. I didn't think that was right, and term limits would fix that. With only a certain amount of time to spend in government, legislators wouldn't have time to play the leadership's games. They would work harder at leaving a legacy of accomplishment and real change for the people rather than at satisfying the leadership."

Other, 2023

""We fix [the border crisis] by going back to Remain-in-Mexico, we fix it by stopping catch and release, we fix it by putting up an actual wall and closing our border."

WMUR, 2023

"We had a problem with education before COVID. You look at what we had, 70% of 8th graders in our country, pre-COVID, were not proficient reading. 67% of 8th graders were not proficient in math. It just came out a couple of weeks ago the numbers are even worse on history and civics. ... Yet we still have 90% of American children under critical race theory, where if a little girl goes into kindergarten, if she's white you're telling her she's bad and if she's brown or black you're telling her she's never going to be good enough, she's always going to be a victim. ...

"All this woke ideology in the schools has been a massive distraction when it comes to educating our children. The first thing is, teachers just want to teach. That's what they went to school - they want to teach math, science, history, English, that's what they care about. But parents want to be able to be the ones that parent. We don't need anything happening in a classroom that we don't know about. There should be full transparency about what's being taught to your kids, what's being said to your kids, and what your kids are saying back."

WMUR, 2023

"I'm a states' rights person. So I think these types of decisions are best decided at the state level. It’s where people can show the power of their voice. Some states will want to see it, and that allows them the right to do that. Some don’t want to see it, and that allows them that right. I always, especially as a governor, believe that the freedoms of people to decide what it is they want in their state are really important. We need to stay true to that."

Candidate's Facebook Page, 2020

"The left's idea on healthcare is a govt takeover of health care - 'Medicare for All' with a price tag of up to $34 trillion..a massive tax hike on every American family. It would eliminate their ins plans & force everyone into a one-size-fits-all govt program."

Candidate's Twitter Feed, 2022

"Biden's war on American energy started on day one when he clamped down on U.S. oil and gas drilling leases... and now he's quietly importing Venezuelan oil this year.

"None of this makes sense!"

Candidate's Twitter Feed, 2023

"We're a country that prides itself on work ethic and responsibility.

"Joe Biden’s student loan payoff is vote buying—plain and simple. This does nothing to fix the cost of higher education."

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