Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley said the increase in political attacks from rivals is a sign her campaign is “on fire.”
In recent weeks, Republican presidential candidates, including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.), former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and former President Donald Trump, have stepped up their attacks on the former South Carolina governor. There is.
“Look, all these people know we’re soaring in the polls, so they’re all starting to hit.” Haley said Friday on Fox News’ “The Story.”.
In recent months, President Trump has begun deriding her as a “birdbrain,” and in October his campaign even sent a birdcage to her hotel room in Iowa.
The 77-year-old former president unloaded on Haley following the kind words he received from JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon and supporters of the Koch Network Americans for Prosperity Action. .
“That nickname, he’s losing it, it’s not even a funny nickname. I don’t even think it was that great,” Haley said.
“But if you look at all the other things he’s said, he knows how tough I was on China. In fact, I was tougher on China than he was.”
Haley served as President Trump’s ambassador to the United Nations from 2017 to 2018. She claimed that her policy toward China would be more thorough than that of her former boss.
“He only dealt with the trade part of China, he didn’t do anything about the flow of fentanyl, he didn’t do anything about stealing intellectual property, he didn’t do anything about buying U.S. land, he “did nothing to stop all the intrusions happening at our universities, from the police department to the establishment of a spy center off the coast of Cuba,” she continued.
“We’re going to have to deal with all of that because he didn’t deal with any of that.”
In the 2024 Republican primary, Trump has an overwhelming lead with an average national approval rating of 62%, followed by DeSantis with 13.6% and Haley with 9.6%. According to the latest RealClearPolitics tally..
The Republican front-runner also leads in all reliable early state polls. Haley’s campaign emphasized her No. 2 position in New Hampshire and South Carolina, which will be held immediately after the Iowa caucuses on January 15, 2024.
Asked if she wanted DeSantis to withdraw, Haley said, “I would never tell a candidate to withdraw from the race.”
“That’s their decision. It’s up to Ron. But I think you can see where we are right now,” she continued.
“We’re going to continue to work hard, stay focused and get it done at the end of the day.”
Last week, Haley’s campaign announced a $10 million ad buy in New Hampshire and Iowa. She also touted 70 endorsements in Iowa.
Meanwhile, Mr. DeSantis boasted that he had completed an “all Mr. Grassley” barnstorming, covering all 99 counties in the Hawkeye State, as Republican Sen. Charles Grassley is known to do every year. .
He generally ranks second to Trump in polls and has coveted support from Gov. Kim Reynolds and evangelical leader Bob Vander Platz, among others.
“We’re going to win the caucuses. We’re doing everything it takes to do that. We’re going to continue to step up our support,” he said in an interview that aired Sunday on “Meet the Press.” ” said.
Haley and DeSantis will face off Wednesday in the fourth Republican debate in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Trump, who faces 91 federal and state felony charges, was once again scheduled to miss the debate.