Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley made a historic move this week by announcing her bid for president in 2024. She is only the fifth Republican woman to do so in U.S. history, according to an NBC report, citing records from the Center for American Women and Politics.
At a kickoff event in Charleston, South Carolina, on Wednesday, Haley made her presidential aspirations official, joined by a crowd of enthusiastic supporters waving campaign signs and American flags.
Her official campaign kickoff event comes just one day after she released a campaign video where she said, "I don’t put up with bullies. And when you kick back, it hurts them more if you’re wearing heels. I’m Nikki Haley, and I’m running for president."
Haley got her start in politics in the South Carolina State House until she decided to run for governor. In 2010, she won her gubernatorial race, becoming the first minority female governor in America, according to her website. Haley proudly boasts Indian-American heritage.
However, Nikki Haley did not stop at serving one term as South Carolina governor. She was reelected in 2014 to serve her state once more.
Then, due to her diplomatic abilities, she was tapped to serve in the Trump administration as ambassador to the United Nations. Haley also served as a member of the President's Cabinet and on the National Security Council.
The theme of Haley's 2024 campaign draws on one of her many famous quotes, "Don't underestimate the strength and power of Republican women."
She is the second Republican to announce candidacy for 2024 behind 45th President Donald J. Trump.