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DeSantis Campaign Press Release - Nikki Haley's Promises on Taxes Cannot be Trusted

January 04, 2024

Career politician Nikki Haley will say anything to get elected – and she has been all over the map when it comes to taxes.

In 2004, then-legislator Nikki Haley refused to sign Americans for Tax Reform's pledge, calling it "closed-minded." "I see that as giving a blanket answer," Haley told South Carolina paper The State when asked if she would commit to not raising taxes on South Carolinians. "No one wants to see taxes raised, but I think that it would be closed-minded to sign a pledge."

Two years later, Haley voted to raise the state sales tax by 2 percent. As governor, Haley signed into law a number of bills that expanded, extended, or allowed for local fee and tax hikes.

Not only did Governor Haley raise taxes on the hardworking citizens of South Carolina, she used their tax dollars to lure Chinese companies to the state, with lavish incentives, tax breaks and handouts. Haley even gave land near a military base to a company owned by the Chinese Communist Party.

Now, Nikki Haley wants voters to forget about her long record as a tax-and-spend career politician and take her at her word that she will not raise their taxes. She recently signed the same pledge that she used to call "closed-minded."

Nikki Haley's about-face on taxes is the latest in a long line of flip-flops on important issues:

  • Haley expressed support for resettling Gaza refugees in American communities, then walked back her statement after she realized it was politically unpopular.

  • Before running for president, Haley was a fervent supporter of sending U.S. aid to Gaza — including through the corrupt UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).

  • In 2017, Haley told Congress: "The Qatari government does not fund Hamas." Congressional lawmakers — including then-Rep. Ron DeSantis — blasted Haley for whitewashing Qatar's support for Hamas. In response, Haley backtracked.

Nikki Haley's record is heavy on political maneuvering and light on leadership. Whether it's taxes, immigration, China, or anything else, she just cannot be trusted to fight for what is right.

Ron DeSantis, DeSantis Campaign Press Release - Nikki Haley's Promises on Taxes Cannot be Trusted Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/370612

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