Nikki Haley Sets Date To Announce 2024 Presidential Bid

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Diana Glebova White House Correspondent
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Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley will announce her 2024 presidential campaign Feb. 15.

Haley, who served as South Carolina governor from 2011-17, will make the formal announcement at The Shed in the Charleston Visitor Center, a source familiar with her plans told the Daily Caller. The Charleston Post and Courier first reported Haley’s plans.

Haley has been hinting at a presidential run for months, most recently saying, “Can I be that leader? Yes, I think I can be that leader.” She also published a book and has increasingly toured the country doing interviews.

“I’m not gonna make an announcement here, but when you’re looking at a run for president, you look at two things,” she told Fox in January. “You first look, at does the current situation push for new leadership? The second question is, am I that person who could be that new leader? Yes, we need to go in a new direction. Can I be that leader? Yes, I think I can be that leader. I was as governor, I took on a hard state with double digit unemployment, and we made it the beast of the southeast. And as ambassador, I took on the world when they tried to disrespect us, and I think I showed what I’m capable of at the United Nations.”

“So could I be that leader? Yes, but we are still working through things and we’ll figure it out,” she added.

The former South Carolina governor originally said she would not run if her former boss, former President Donald Trump, ran again. But she has recently ran on the message that she’s never lost an election and that the Republican Party is in need of new leadership.

She vehemently opposes the Iran nuclear deal, has criticized President Joe Biden for being out of touch on electric vehicles, and has campaigned on sending more weapons to aid Ukraine in the Russia-Ukraine war. (RELATED: ‘Lies And Gossip’: Mike Pompeo, Nikki Haley Tear Into Each Other Over 2024 Accusations)

Her announcement would mark the second prominent Republican to officially campaign for the presidential ticket. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, former Vice President Mike Pence, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, former Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney and former national security adviser John Bolton are also reportedly considering a bid.

Congressional correspondent Michael Ginsberg contributed to this report.