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During a recent appearance on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show, Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley made a bold pledge, declaring her commitment to “restore normalcy in America.” In the interview, she attributed the turmoil both domestically and internationally over the past eight years to the administrations of both Donald Trump and Joe Biden. Haley positioned herself as the candidate capable of steering the nation in a different direction.
Responding to Hewitt’s question about her belief in defeating Biden in a general election where Trump could not, Haley confidently asserted, “The first thing we have to understand is Trump cannot beat Biden in an election. That’s a fact. We know that.” Expanding on her argument, she pointed to Trump’s struggles in key states like Iowa and New Hampshire, emphasizing his challenges in winning over independents, a crucial demographic.
She highlighted Trump’s difficulty with suburban women and noted the alienation of some Republicans due to his style. According to Haley, the majority of Americans disapprove of both Trump and Biden, holding them responsible for accumulating trillions of dollars in debt for future generations. She questioned the wisdom of limiting choices to two septuagenarians and insisted that the country could aspire to better leadership.
Backing her claims with general election polls, Haley confidently stated that she outperformed Trump in matchups against Biden, boasting a lead of up to 17 points. Hewitt probed further, questioning if her argument would resonate with GOP primary voters. In response, Haley expressed confidence that her message had already gained traction among undecided voters in states like New Hampshire and Iowa. She emphasized that the primary desire among voters is to “make America normal again,” a sentiment she considers crucial for winning the general election.
Haley did not shy away from critiquing Trump, citing his electoral losses in 2018, 2020, and 2022. She questioned the rationale behind a potential fourth attempt, emphasizing the need for a fresh approach. While acknowledging her past support for Trump, she framed her decision as a pragmatic one, driven by a concern for the future her children would inherit. Haley concluded by asserting her determination to put in a solid eight years to set the country back on track, positioning herself as the candidate offering a departure from the chaos she attributed to the previous administrations.