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Donald Trump Vows To Crush Nikki Haley As Republican Race Heads South

President Trump expressed support for preserving access to IVF programs on Friday.

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Donald Trump and Nikki Haley will go head-to-head in South Carolina’s Republican primary on Saturday, with the former president expected to overcome previous charges in her home state as she moves closer to winning the nomination.

Haley was a popular governor of the Palmetto State for six years before becoming President Trump’s ambassador to the United Nations in 2017, but her old boss was backed by the party establishment and by nearly two-thirds of voters in polls. ing.

In the early nominating contests in Iowa and New Hampshire in January, candidates engaged in mostly close calls, but since the primaries have been narrowed down to a two-horse race, rhetoric has increased. The shelling is intensifying.

“Tomorrow, you’re going to cast the most important vote of your life, and to be honest with you, we’re not really worried about tomorrow,” Trump said at an election eve rally in Rock Hill. ” he said casually.

Already trying to show she’s looking beyond Haley, she vowed to show President Joe Biden and the Democratic Party that “we’re coming like a freight train in November” when the general election is held. Ta.

Voting in the southern states of the United States began at 7 a.m. local time (12 noon GMT). At a school near Charleston, about a dozen people showed up to vote in the first 30 minutes.

South Carolinians are not required to declare party allegiance when registering to vote and are allowed to have a say in either the Democratic or Republican primaries.

Haley is a traditional conservative who believes in limited government and a strong foreign policy, and will rely on the votes of moderates, having lost each of her first four nomination contests to Trump. Strategy was of little use to her.

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Voters interviewed by AFP in South Carolina’s capital Columbia on Thursday had compliments about both candidates, with some voters saying they felt Haley was not ready for the top office and others saying they felt Trump was “unprepared.” criticized as “divisive”.

“He’s going to go after people who don’t agree with him. As a Christian, that doesn’t make me feel good,” said David Gilliam, 55, a financial advisor and Haley voter.

The primaries come amid signs that the front-runner, who is facing four criminal charges, is tightening his grip on the party as he pushes for personnel changes to install family members and allies at the top of the Republican National Committee. It will be held in

Daughter-in-law Lara Trump has vowed to spend “every penny” of her party’s money on the presidential campaign if she becomes RNC co-chair, and paying for Trump’s legal fees is a “huge concern” for Republican voters. ‘.

Haley sought to focus on Trump’s subsequent “chaos”, pointing to campaign donations that led Trump to spend $8 million on legal fees in January and total court costs this year of $1. It is predicted that it could exceed $1 billion.

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“He’s turned his presidential campaign into a slush fund for his legal defense, and he won’t have the resources or focus to take on Joe Biden and the Democratic Party,” said Olivia Perez-Cubas, Haley’s national spokeswoman. ” he said.

Like Democrats, Ms. Haley has criticized Mr. Trump over her outlook on the international stage and her praise for the leaders of the world’s most authoritarian regimes.

She discussed President Trump’s reaction to the death of Russian dissident Alexei Navalny (he avoided criticizing President Vladimir Putin) and his response to NATO countries not meeting their financial obligations. He strongly condemned the threat to encourage Russia to carry out an attack.

But Ms. Haley’s central argument in recent months has been that polls show her doing better than Mr. Trump in a hypothetical matchup with Mr. Biden.

She vowed to remain in the Republican primary until “Super Tuesday,” when multiple states vote on March 5, regardless of what happens in South Carolina on Saturday.

President Trump has avoided taking a clear position on a national abortion ban after appointing three Supreme Court justices who helped destroy federal protections, raising the possibility that reproductive rights will feature prominently in the election. is high.

The Alabama Supreme Court ruled last week that frozen embryos can be considered children, signaling a new dimension to the debate and casting doubt on in vitro fertilization (IVF) clinics. More ripples were added.

President Trump, acutely aware that the Alabama decision risks alienating moderate and female voters, told the state’s Legislature on Friday that he supports preserving access to the IVF program. , called for “acting quickly to find an immediate solution” to ensure it remains available.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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