Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley said on January 15 that she offers the only path for the U.S. to avoid a “Trump-Biden nightmare” rematch in November. Her comments came after voting had finished in the Iowa caucuses, where she came in third, just two points behind her rival, Ron DeSantis. Both candidates trailed the frontrunner, Donald Trump, by a wide margin.
Most voters dislike Biden and Trump
“Seventy percent of Americans don’t want another Trump-Biden rematch,” said Haley in her speech after the caucuses. “A majority disapprove of both of them. Trump and Biden are both about 80 years old. Trump and Biden both put our country trillions of dollars deeper in debt, and our kids will never forgive them for it.”
Where’s the vision?
“Trump and Biden both lack a vision for our country’s future because both are consumed by the past, by investigations, by vendettas, by grievances. America deserves better.”
GOP’s poor performance
“Our campaign is the last, best hope of stopping the Trump-Biden nightmare,” Haley added. “But it’s more than that. Republicans have lost the popular vote in seven of the last eight presidential elections. That’s nothing to be proud of.”
Time for the next generation
“The question before Americans is now very clear: do you want more of the same?” the former South Carolina governor posed. “Or do you want a new generation of conservative leadership?”
DeSantis comes in second place
Haley, a former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. for the Trump administration, came in third in the Iowa caucuses, with 19 percent of the vote. The Florida governor received 21 percent of the vote, coming in second place behind Trump, who secured 51 percent.
Off to New Hampshire
The next stop in the battle for the GOP nomination is New Hampshire, where Haley is only 11.1 points behind Trump in a recent polling average from Decision Desk HQ/The Hill. She has also been endorsed by the Granite State’s Republican governor, Chris Sununu.
“Thank you, Iowa!” Haley posted on X early on January 16. “You’re faithful, patriotic & hardworking, and I’m grateful to each of you! Now it’s on to New Hampshire, where this campaign is the last best hope of stopping the Trump-Biden rematch that no one wants. We offer America a better choice.”
In the wake of his overwhelming victory in Iowa, former President Trump said he felt “invigorated” by the competition.
“It really is an honor that, minutes after, they’ve announced I’ve won—against very credibly competition—great competition, actually,” he told Fox News Digital after the race was called.
Ramaswamy bows out
Biotech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy dropped out of the race after receiving 8 percent of the vote and quickly endorsed Trump, appearing with him at a New Hampshire rally the following evening. He is tipped as a potential running mate for the former president.
Hutchinson fails to make impact
Asa Hutchinson, the former Arkansas governor, dropped out of the race following the Iowa result after receiving less than 200 votes.
Anti-Trump message failed to land
“I am suspending my campaign for president and driving back to Arkansas. My message of being a principled Republican with experience and telling the truth about the current frontrunner did not sell in Iowa,” Hutchinson acknowledged in a statement.