Says can take US in a new direction
Washington: Prominent Indian-American Republican leader Nikki Haley has 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 in an interview, 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.
However, during the interview, Haley hinted that she could be the new leader of the US.
“But 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 said.
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.
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 born Nimrata Nikki Randhawa to immigrant Sikh parents in the US state of South Carolina. Her father, Ajit Singh Randhawa, and her mother, Raj Kaur Randhawa, immigrated to the US from Punjab.