Washington: Nikki Haley, the Indian-American who secured third place in the Iowa caucuses, has asserted that she is the sole Republican candidate capable of challenging both frontrunner Donald Trump and incumbent President Joe Biden, thereby averting a “Trump-Biden nightmare.”
The Iowa caucuses marked the official commencement of the process through which Republicans and Democrats select their presidential nominees for the November 5 election.
Nikki Haley, former US Ambassador to the UN, secured nearly 20% of the votes, claiming the third position. Former President Trump emerged victorious with over 50% of the votes, followed by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis at 21%. Fellow Indian-American Vivek Ramaswamy, with 7.7% of the total votes, suspended his presidential campaign.
The two-time South Carolina governor asserted that her presidential campaign represents the best chance to prevent a rematch between Trump and Biden, describing it as the “last best hope of stopping the Trump-Biden nightmare.” Addressing her supporters in West Des Moines, Iowa, she announced her move to New Hampshire for the next Republican primary on January 23.
Haley, the sole woman in the race on either side of the political spectrum, emphasized that all indications suggest a Trump-Biden rematch would result in another closely contested election with potential disputes over interference and a victory for Biden, possibly followed by Kamala Harris.
The Republican contender claimed that the presidential nomination contest is now a two-person race, pointing out that both Trump and Biden, despite their apparent differences, have more in common than one might think. She highlighted their age, both being around 80, and criticized their focus on the past, investigations, vendettas, and grievances.
With 70% of Americans disapproving of another Trump-Biden rematch, Haley stressed the need for new conservative leadership to address the country’s needs and build a stronger future. She asserted that America deserves a president who prioritizes the people, rebuilds the economy, secures borders, and stands up to adversaries while ending division and fear.
Haley concluded by urging her supporters to consider the results when she faces off against Biden directly, claiming victory in a landslide with no room for recounts, lawsuits, or doubts. She emphasized the potential for significant changes in the Senate and House, term limits for politicians, economic reconstruction, border security, and the restoration of national pride.