Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is refusing to feel threatened by former President Donald Trump’s increasingly higher chances of winning the Republican Party’s nomination for the 2024 presidential election.
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During an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper on Thursday, she maintained that her presidential campaign is not over even though Trump beat her by over 50 percentage points in the latest polling average by RealClearPolitics.
Tapper asked Haley about calls for her to drop out, particularly from RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel.
In response, Haley said she thought McDaniel’s attempt to get her out of the race was “inappropriate,” as she said it’s too early into the primaries to give up on her.
“We have had two states that have voted. You need 1,215 delegates. Donald Trump has 32. I have 17. We still have 48 states and more territories to go before we get there,” he stated.
Further emphasizing her decision to not quit the race, the GOP presidential candidate stated, “I’m not going anywhere, Jake. I’m going to continue to go all the way through South Carolina. Then we’re going to go on to Super Tuesday, and we’re going to keep on going forward. This is about the fact that we can’t live in chaos anymore.”
“This is about the fact that we have got to focus on what it’s going to take to not just get our domestic policy on track, but what are we going to do to prevent wars and to make sure we keep Americans safe? We can’t do that with the two guys there. Americans are telling people that. We need to start listening and make sure that we focus on what it takes to win a primary, so that we can get our country back on track,” she added.
When Tapper confirmed that she is staying in the race through Super Tuesday regardless of how the primary in her hometown of South Carolina this month goes, she said, “We’re moving.”
Outlining her plan, she stated, “I mean, what I will tell you in South Carolina is, we’re going to close that gap. My goal is to be more competitive in South Carolina. It’s always been to build on momentum. We started with 2 percent in Iowa. We ended with 20 percent. We went into New Hampshire. We got 43 percent. In South Carolina, we want to get even more competitive than that. And then we will go into Michigan and we will go into Super Tuesday.”
Meanwhile, reports have it that Trump is getting frustrated by Haley’s refusal to quit the race.
Speaking to The Guardian, a source said, “Trump’s personal frustration has turned darker with the reality that Haley’s persistence means he will have to campaign more aggressively for the South Carolina primary. diverting resources away from preparing for a general election against Joe Biden.”