TRUMP HAS COMPANY: GOP Candidate Set to Announce 2024 Run
Despite Donald Trump’s early entry into the 2024 presidential race, the contest itself has been slow going.
The former President has thus far opted for some smaller, more intimate campaign events, focusing on crucial, early-voting states in these early days of the campaign.
But now it appears as though his headstart is going to begin dwindling, as a rather surprising second candidate prepares to throw themselves into the mix.
Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who served as ambassador to the United Nations during former President Donald Trump’s administration, will join Trump in the race for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.
Multiple sources confirm to Fox News Digital that Haley will formally declare her candidacy for the White House at an event in Charleston, South Carolina, on Feb. 15, with an invitation soon going out to her supporters. News of Haley’s announcement was first reported by the Post and Courier newspaper in South Carolina.
The former ambassador has been ramping up her rhetoric on the subject for a while now.
When speaking with reporters last year who questioned her about a White House run, Haley reiterated that “after November, we’ll figure it out. But you know what I’ve said — I’ve never lost a race. I’m not going to start now. If there’s place for me, we’ll put a 100% in, and we’ll finish it.”Advertisement - story continues below
Haley turned up the volume in a speech following the midterms at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s annual leadership meeting, which was viewed as the first major 2024 GOP presidential cattle call.
“A lot of people have asked if I’m going to run for president,” Haley said to cheers from the crowd at the Las Vegas confab. “Now that the midterms are over, I’ll look at it in a serious way.”
She repeated that she’s “never lost an election” and that “when people underestimate me, it’s always fun.”
Two weeks ago, Haley amped up her language even further, saying in an interview on Fox News’ “Special Report” that “I think we need a young generation to come in, step up and really start fixing things… Can I be that leader? Yes, I think I can be that leader.”
Trump has had some rather harsh words for likely candidate and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis of late, and it will be interesting to see if he’ll provide the same sort of vitriol for Haley’s actual entrance to the race.