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Haley Campaign Press Release - Haley on Fox News: We Need People At the Top of Their Game

January 20, 2024

MANCHESTER, N.H. – In an interview with Fox News' Neil Cavuto in Manchester, N.H. today, Nikki Haley laid out the case for a new generational conservative leader, touching on the stakes of the 2024 election and why America needs leaders at the top of their game.

Watch Haley on Cavuto Live below.

Haley on the need for mental competency tests…

"It's the same reason why I want mental competency tests for people in Congress. We need people at the top of their game. We need people that are focusing on national security. These are people making decisions on the future of our economy. Do we really want them throwing out names and getting things wrong when they're 80 and having to deal with Putin and Xi and Kim and North Korea? We can't do that."

Haley on Donald Trump's praise for dictators…

"Well, what worries me is if you look at the fact he's someone who praises dictators often, and we've got a war in Europe, a war in the Middle East, you've got North Korea testing intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of hitting the U.S., and China on the march. And what did he do? He praised President Xi a dozen times after China gave us COVID. He has continued to say Kim Jong Un is a good friend and that they write love letters to each other. You can't deal with dictators like that. I dealt with China, Russia and Iran every day. They laugh at that. They don't take that seriously.

"And we've got to make sure we're doing everything we can to prevent wars. My husband is deployed right now - I don't want any man or woman to have to go fight in a war. But in order to prevent wars, you've got to be at the top of your game, and you've got to make sure that you're letting those countries know what you expect of them. You can't have Biden and Trump… they're all caught up in investigations, they're all caught up in these other things. None of them are talking about the future of this country, and the vision in which we're going to go forward. That's a problem."

Haley on the importance of bringing people into the GOP…

"To me, I don't sit there and push people away. I think that's the problem with the Republican Party. I bring people in. And what's happened with the Republican Party is they're deciding what's a good Republican, what's a bad Republican, who's the right Republican, who's the wrong Republican. Do we really want to get that? Because that's not how you win a general election. There was a poll that came out yesterday, and it shows that, in New Hampshire, I beat Biden. Donald Trump loses New Hampshire by 7 points. If you look at the general election head-to-heads [of Biden versus Trump], it's going to be a nail-biter of an election - I don't know if we'll win. On a good day, Trump's up by 2. I defeat Biden by 17 points. That's a Wall Street Journal poll. Trump called it a 'dirty poll.' That was his own pollster that did it!"

Haley on whose opinion matters...

"When you fight for the people, the people fight back for you. When you fight for elected officials and endorsements…that doesn't get you anything. They've wasted a lot of time on these endorsements. What I'm going to really fight for is making sure that I don't focus on the politicians. That's what we've done, and that's what will continue. We're getting hundreds of people in our rallies…last night, the night before - people want something different. It's not about liking Donald Trump or not. It's about the fact that we can't afford to not win in November. We can't afford to get this wrong."

Nikki Haley, Haley Campaign Press Release - Haley on Fox News: We Need People At the Top of Their Game Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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