Nikki Haley may be out of the United Nations spotlight but she is reportedly not sitting on the sidelines.
The former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. is “laying the foundation” to launch a presidential bid, according to a report in the Washington Examiner on Friday.
The 47-year-old former Republican governor of South Carolina could be setting the stage to mount a presidential campaign, though not against her former boss, President Donald Trump. Haley has reportedly launched a nonprofit organization with her sights set on the 2024 race, getting finances and advisers in place to support her aspirations.
“She is tending to family and personal savings and staying engaged politically,” political and communications strategist, Tucker Eskew, said. “If the opportunity presented itself to take it the next level, no one is better positioned or prepared on political scene, today, that I know.”
According to the Washington Examiner:
Haley in February launched Stand For America, a political nonprofit group, ostensibly to provide her a platform to influence national policy. This week, Haley via Twitter promoted a Stand For America missive advocating for congressional term limits, a proposal popular with the conservative grassroots. A few days earlier, Haley retweeted a Stand For America post urging the U.S. to pressure China to help denuclearize North Korea.
Stand For America provides Haley a mechanism to interact with the lawmakers, conservative thought leaders, grassroots activists, and major Republican donors she’ll need in her corner if she runs for president. Even if Trump gets re-elected, aggressive jockeying to succeed him atop the GOP would begin in just three years.
GOP political strategist, Terry Sullivan, is sure that the new organization is in place for a 2024 run.
“Absolutely, 100 percent, no doubt about it,” he said, while Haley spokeswoman Chaney Denton said the former UN ambassador “has always loved policy” and began Stand For America to “make sure she always has a voice” on policy.
“A challenge from Nikki Haley would be something that President Trump and his campaign would have to take seriously,” Trump-supporting Arizona donor, Dan Eberhart, said. “She has never been part of the ever-dwindling ‘Never Trump’ club and remains very popular with Republicans.”
In fact, Haley, who is the daughter of immigrants from India, was not always on board with Trump, speaking out against him during the 2016 presidential campaign. But after joining his Cabinet as U.N. ambassador, she proved she could learn about foreign policy on the job and represented the U.S. so well she earned the respect of even Trump critics.
“I think she did a great job. She had a fantastic moral compass, which I think was a star within the administration’s foreign policy universe,” New Jersey Democrat, Sen. Bob Menendez, the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, said.
Haley announced she was stepping down from her ambassadorship at the end of 2018 and the president has tapped Kelly Craft of Kentucky, the U.S. ambassador to Canada since September 2017, as his new nominee.
Haley managed to get along with the president without always agreeing with his decisions, earning kudos from his supporters and the GOP establishment. Whether she can hold on to her popularity and leverage her accomplishments, as well as her status as a woman who is an ethnic minority, remains to be seen, as those watching her 2024 set-up contend.
“She’s trying to navigate between populist Trump politics and her own beliefs. That’s a perilous place in this day and age,” a South Carolina Republican operative said.
Though the campaign signs have not yet been crafted, Haley seems to already have supporters ready to cheer her on as the first woman president.
Nikki Haley will be America’s First Woman President!
She’s going to sweep the Nation, & I for one, am looking forward to it!
Nikki Haley lays the foundation to seize Trump’s mantle in 2024 https://t.co/pUSptVmh4H
— Daniel Baranowski (@DFBHarvard) March 7, 2019
In a heartbeat I would support her and her run in 2024
— The Deplorable Russian Bot (@SpicolisPool) March 7, 2019
— Maureen Perry ❌❌❌?? (@perrypines) March 8, 2019
I have the same thoughts about her path to the WH. Trump’s running mate in 2020, setting her up to run for President in 2024 & big boost for Trump. But apparently she’s rejected that idea and will aim for 2024. Things could change if Pence decides not to be on the ticket in 2020.
— Lyn Powell (@vlynpowell) March 8, 2019
Until 2024, I will enjoy casting another vote for the Best President Ever and many days between, good Lord willing. pic.twitter.com/Ye86de32re
— Greg Riley (@GregR19709804) March 8, 2019
Haley in 2024! She would be AWESOME!!!
— ??Deplorable hound ❌ (@fed_up_pup) March 7, 2019
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