Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley scoffed at the idea that her chief rival, former President Donald J. Trump is a shoo-in for next year’s nomination, something that she covets nearly as much as her media cheerleaders.
Despite the serious legal issues due to dozens of indictments brought against him by the Biden regime and Democrat district attorneys, Trump has been on cruise control and will almost certainly roll into next year’s primaries with a full head of steam even though he has refrained from participating in the first three GOP debates, however, the former South Carolina governor and U.S. ambassador to the UN suggests that voters will eventually sour on him.
Appearing on “Fox News Sunday,” Haley discussed a wide range of issues with anchor Shannon Bream, one of them being the idea that she could come from behind to spring the upset on her one-time boss.
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After being asked by Bream about a New York Times article that suggests that it would essentially take a miracle for her to win the GOP nomination and asked how long that she’d stay in the race, Haley spun a much rosier picture.
“It’s so ridiculous, we are surging in the polls,” she answered. “Not only are we surging in the polls if you look in the swing states it shows that we beat Biden by 10-13 points. We are now in second place in Iowa. Second place in New Hampshire. Second place in South Carolina,” adding that no additional candidates would be entering the race and that her campaign is preparing a blitzkrieg of ads and a great ground game in the early voting states.
After claiming that Trump has “flatlined” she touted her “great last debate” and all the money that she raised afterward.
But Bream wasn’t easily snowed.
“Let’s talk a little bit about the realities though,” she said. “President Trump is up 30-40 points in most polls out there,” adding that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis just scored the “much coveted” endorsement of Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds and confronted her with a story from The Hill that multiple polls are bad news for his GOP rivals.
“I think certainly Trump has some strong support,” Haley said. “I’ve always said he was the right president at the right time, and I agree with a lot of his policies. The problem is drama and chaos follow him. Whether fairly or not, it is constantly following him and Americans feel… it. And so I think you can look at that with our elections over and over again, we paid a price for it,” she added, blaming Trump for poor results in recent elections rather than RNC boss Ronna McDaniel.
“And I think what’s really important is we need to have someone who can win the general election as well,” inferring that somehow she would be able to persuade Trump’s devoutly loyal base to vote for her.
Stressing the need for a “new conservative leader,” and she correctly pointed out that Republicans are on a prolonged losing streak with herself being the solution to the party’s troubles.
“The way you do that is you send someone in there who doesn’t just beat Biden by 2 it 3 points like Trump does, you get someone who beats Biden between 9 and 13 points. That we win up and down the ticket.”
“I can do that,” Haley insisted.
“And I’ll tell you that I think people are getting tired of the drama and the chaos and the negativity,” she added, rattling off serious issues facing the nation including wars, inflation, rampant crime, open borders, and education.”
“We are gonna start to make America strong again,” she insisted before directing viewers to visit her website.
Haley’s most daunting task – besides overcoming Trump’s big lead – will be combatting the negative perception of her from a large chunk of the conservative base and Vivek Ramaswamy’s quip that she’s “Dick Cheney in 3-inch heels” isn’t helpful to a woman who is one of the most outspoken GOP advocates for costly foreign wars.
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