The former US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, officially declared her candidacy for president on Tuesday morning and said she would be running for the Republican nomination.
Haley opened her three and a half minute video by talking about her background in a segregated community.
“I was the proud daughter of Indian immigrants — not black, not white. I was different. My mom would always say your job is not to focus on the differences but the similarities. My parents reminded me and my siblings every day how blessed we were to live in America. Some look at our past as evidence that America’s founding principles are bad. They say the promise of freedom is just made up. Some think our ideas are not just wrong, but racist and evil. Nothing could be further from the truth.”
According to Haley, it is time for a new generation of leaders to prioritize economic prudence, border security, and boosting national pride.
She continued, “The socialist left sees an opportunity to rewrite history. China and Russia are on the march. They all think we can be bullied. Kicked around. You should know this about me: I don’t put up with bullies. And when you kick back, it hurts them more if you’re wearing heels.”
Haley is the first Republican to enter the race and challenge former President Trump for the nomination.
The former governor of South Carolina will formally begin her campaign on Wednesday during an address in Charleston, South Carolina.