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Nikki Haley says Biden’s mind is ‘closing up shop’ in South Carolina speech

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Presidential candidate Nikki Haley lashed out at President Biden during a speech Tuesday, boasting that she is “not afraid” of retaliation from her Republican primary rival.

Haley cited the growing debate over Biden’s mental strength and said Democrats made a strategic mistake by holding on to the 81-year-old president for re-election.

“Every time he opens his mouth, he sounds closed-minded,” Haley said. “Democrats are weakened by coronating Biden. Republicans will be strengthened through intense competition.” Ta.

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Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley speaks at FOX News’ “Democracy 2024: South Carolina City Hall” held in Columbia, South Carolina. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

She also criticized her own Republican Party for widespread enthusiasm for former President Trump’s bid to return to the Oval Office.

Haley is trying to position herself as a sensible third choice, citing both candidates’ less-than-ideal performance in the polls.

“Do we really want to spend every day between now and November watching the two most hated politicians in America square off?” Haley said.

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Biden attends county meeting in Washington, DC

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She went on to say, “I don’t feel the need to kiss the ring, and I don’t fear retaliation from President Trump.”

Despite her overall poor performance so far and little hope of winning her home state on Saturday, Haley said she has no plans to drop out anytime soon.

“I will continue to fight until the American people close the door,” Haley said. “The presidential primaries have just begun. Only three states, three states have voted.”

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Donald Trump addresses the crowd from the podium.

Former President Trump speaks at a rally in Waterford, Michigan. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Haley took a break from her troubles in South Carolina to raise money and campaign in Texas on Thursday and Friday. Texas is one of 15 states where contests for the Republican nomination will be held on Super Tuesday in early March. She earned over $1 million on her first day in Texas.

And Haley joined in too. $1.7 million in fundingAs first reported by Fox News, a week and a half ago, during two days of campaigning in California, another big Super Tuesday state. Haley says the suspensions in Texas and California push back against calls by some Republicans for Trump to withdraw from the race ahead of the November general election, allowing him to focus on Biden. For him, this seems to be an indicator.

Fox News Digital’s Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

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