As speculation continues to ramp up about possible entrants into the race for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, appears to be sending a strong signal that she intends to run, as NBC News reports.
Haley's intimation came during a Thursday appearance on Fox News' Special Report with anchor Bret Baier.
Long discussed in the media as someone with future aspirations to high office, Haley was asked by Baier, “When do you make a decision if you are going to run for president?”
Though the former Trump-era ambassador declined to announce her intentions at that moment, she explained, “[w]hen you're looking at a run for president, you look at two things. You first look at 'does the current situation push for new leadership?'”
Haley continued, saying, “[t]he second question is, 'am I that person that could be that new leader?'”
To both queries, Haley responded in the affirmative, declaring, “Yes, we need to go in a new direction. And can I be that leader? Yes, I think I can be that leader.”
In support of her assertion, Haley pointed to her experience as the first female governor of South Carolina as well as her tenure at the U.N., a time in which she says she “took on the world when they tried to disrespect us.”
However, in terms of the specifics around a possible candidacy, Haley was slightly more reticent, adding, “[w]e are still working through things, and we'll figure it out” but also emphasized, “I've never lost a race” and told viewers to “stay tuned.”
Baier seized on the confident tone of Haley's answers, positing, “It sounds like you're close. It sounds. Are we getting to the exploratory committee stage here?”
“I think. Stay tuned,” Haley answered.
Though it is still quite early in terms of the GOP primary stakes, as things currently stand, Haley will face an uphill battle if she does decide to throw her hat into the ring.
A Morning Consult poll of potential GOP primary voters released this week revealed former President Donald Trump to be leaps and bounds ahead of the rest of the rumored candidate pool, claiming 48% of respondents' support.
Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis took second place at 31%, with former Vice President Mike Pence, former Rep. Liz Cheney, and Haley garnering a paltry 8%, 3%, and 2%, respectively.
Similarly, a new Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll released to The Hill on Friday pegged Trump's primary support at 48%, DeSantis' at 28%, and Haley tied with Sen. Marco Rubio for fourth place, taking just 3% apiece, suggesting that despite her enthusiasm and undeniable confidence, the odds for the former ambassador may be far too long to overcome this time around.