Nikki Haley Dodges Questions About Trump

Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

On Sunday (February 19), former U.N. Ambassador and newly-minted Presidential candidate Nikki Haley dodged questions about former President Donald Trump as she spoke on “Fox News Sunday.”

When asked why Republicans should choose her over Trump, Haley responded by saying she wasn’t focused on Trump but on defeating President Joe Biden, adding that she finds it “amazing” that the media wants to discuss the dynamic between her and Trump.

However, Haley did subtly draw parallels between herself and Trump in Sunday’s interview, saying she believes the GOP “needs new energy” going into the 2024 election, claiming it is time to “leave the status quo of the past and start looking ahead.

Yet when host Shannon Bream attempted to get Haley to give a straightforward answer, the former South Carolina avoided giving a direct response.

One example of this was when Bream highlighted that The Wall Street Journal described Haley’s campaign rollout as “great” but that Haley had failed to reveal the rationale behind her candidacy.

Bream asked, “Why you?” Haley replied, “Why not me?”

She then segued into recalling her personal story and a brief overview of her campaign talking points, including her views on term limits, “woke” education and her focus on addressing “defeatism” and “socialism” taking root in America.

Yet Haley, who is the only Republican to step into the 2024 ring with Trump, didn’t want to touch on the inevitable competition between her and Trump in the GOP Primaries.

She also didn’t discuss her statement that she wouldn’t enter the Presidential race if Trump decided to run, remarks she made to The Hill in 2021.