Haley is expected to announce her candidacy in Charleston on February 15
The Haley Invitation to the 2024 Democratic Presidential Race, a High-Precision Announcement by Nikki Haley and Mike Noem
Haley would be the first Republican to jump into the 2024 presidential race this year, facing only former President Donald Trump, who launched his bid last year, as her competition out of the gates.
Sources say that she will soon send an invite to her supporters for a special event. The exact details of her launch are not known. One source said they believed she would announce the announcement with video in the next few days; that is not set in stone.
The Washington Post reported details of Haley’s preparations first, and The Post and Courier reported on the expected announcement.
“Ever since she left the governor’s office for the United Nation, there’s always been a sense in South Carolina that Nikki would be preparing for a much larger launch,” Dave Wilson, the president of the Christian nonprofit Palmetto Family Council, told CNN. “Now we’re in a presidential countdown window. Everyone had better put on a show.
When you are considering a run for president, you first look at the situation to see if it requires new leadership. Is it possible that the person could be that new leader? She said so to Fox News.
Haley will be the first high-profile Republican to announce other than former President Trump, which means she will be challenging her former boss for their party’s nomination.
The first votes in the Republican nomination process will be held a year away, and she is just one of many women who will have a major role to play.
Last month Noem said she is “not convinced that I need to run for president” — but she has kept the door open, and taken a succession of hardline, well-publicized stands on national issues such as abortion and immigration. Haley’s news may cause Noem to make a decision.
Like Haley, Noem has said in the past she would support Trump if he sought the party’s nomination a third time. But, also like Haley, she declined to endorse him when he declared formally in November. Noem told The New York Times that the GOP does not have a best chance with Trump in four years.
Former Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, once a name in the conversation for speaker of the House or the national ticket, fell from grace when she defied her Republican colleagues and co-chaired the House Select Committee on the January 6th Attack on the Capitol. Even so, Cheney declared she would “do whatever it takes” to stop Trump’s return to office, making her a prominent member of that panel.
There is a possibility of a challenge to the former president in 2024. Cheney lost her own primary in August, which seemed to extinguish her future prospects as well as her father’s.
Ranging beyond the realm of Republican officeholders, there are other women with conservative credentials or points of view who have shown interest in the nation’s highest office as well. This past week when a congressional panel had a hearing on how the Biden administration was “weaponizing” federal agencies against citizens, one witness getting a lot of attention was Tulsi Gabbard.
Gabbard is a former major in the National Guard who fought in Iraq, served four terms as a member of Congress from Hawaii and ran for president as a Democrat in 2020.
After being first vice president, observers believed the first woman president would get that office. And now that could happen at any time, a possibility Harris personifies wherever she goes.
Like Hillary Clinton’s climb to the presidential nomination in 2016, Harris’ ascent to her current position represents a long step toward making women’s full political equality a reality in both parties.
When women got the right to vote in 1920, it was more important than ever to make a point and run for president. The first woman to receive votes in primaries and at the national convention was Margaret Chase Smith, a senator from Maine, in 1964.
Women have been running for years in order to get on the ticket. Surely Elizabeth Dole, a senator from North Carolina, thought that was possible when she ran in the 1999-2000 cycle. Carly Fiorina, a California business executive, ran for president in 2016 but late in the primaries agreed to be Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s prospective running mate instead.
The underlying dynamics of those races and what may have been lacking in their parties’ presidential nominees could not be changed. Supporters who thought these gender breakthroughs might galvanize women voters across party lines were disappointed.
The role of Trump is a complicating factor for women. While Haley is his first official challenger, no one expects her to be the last. His failure to “clear the field” as a two-time nominee and former president has been widely noted.
The most likely challenger to match Trump in polling and raising funds is Ron DeSantis. While New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu is testing the waters, there is also the former Gov. Larry Hogan who just retired due to term limits.
Pence, too, for his part, has been showing up in the early primary states, but not showing well in the polls. Trump’s true believers see him as disloyal, yet Pence seems part of the Trump legacy to those who want the party to move on.
Would opposing him in the primaries automatically kill any chance of being his running mate? Taking on Biden in the early Democratic debates did not kill Harris’ chances. On the other hand, Harris did drop out before the primaries actually began and endorsed Biden early in March.
The Huckabee Sanders Legacy: Addressing Biden’s State of the Union with a New Republican VP and a Political Candidate
It may have been at work when Huckabee Sanders gave the republicans response to Biden’s State of the Union on February 7. That speaking slot has often been seen as an audition for statewide politicians with national ambitions. Sanders used it to deliver a strong message of condemnation against the Biden administration and against Democrats in general, especially on social issues.
She also included considerable personal information and referred to her role as the White House press secretary going to Iraq to visit troops with the president and first lady — all without ever without mentioning the name of the president she served. For this she was also criticized by many conservatives and Trump supporters.
Sanders has not broken with Trump. Her father, Mike Huckabee, once served as Arkansas’ governor, so she may be seeking a safe distance. Huckabee was a presidential candidate in 2008 and again in 2016 and supported Trump, however, he did not take a job in the administration, as he pursued his talk show and speaking engagements.
Other recognizable political personalities among Republican women could be divided between their gratitude for Trump and their desire to be a part of a new generation of Republican leaders.
Some of them may not have other options because they are closely associated with Trump. The New York politician who replaced Cheney as the third-ranking leader in the House of GOP may have room to maneuver in either direction.
There’s a chance that a rejuvenated Trump will look beyond current officeholders for someone with the same charisma and appeal that he has and choose a running mate who’s willing to embrace his “stolen election” obsession.
The former TV anchor lost her race for governor of Arizona but she still shows that kind of devotion. Lake will be in Iowa this weekend, where the first Republican caucuses of the year will be held.
If it weren’t for the weird voting system Alaskan voters adopted in the year leading up to her defeat, she would be their elected member of congress right now.