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Haley Campaign Press Release - Haley to Her Opponents: Why Are You So Obsessed With Me?

January 05, 2024

DES MOINES, Iowa — This afternoon, Nikki Haley joined Fox to discuss her opponents' dishonest attacks against her. She matter-of-factly tore apart Donald Trump's false attack ads and pointed out the obvious—his attacks are a sign of her growing momentum.

On Trump's ad lies...

"Isn't that sweet of him spending so much time and money against me? You know, I think that first of all, it's a complete lie. First of all, I didn't say I opposed a border wall. I said I opposed just doing a border wall. I said that we have to do more than that. That's defunding sanctuary cities. That's putting 25,000 border patrol and ICE agents on the ground. That's making sure we go back to remain in Mexico so we don't allow anyone on U.S. soil. That's instead of catch-and-release, going to catch-and-deport. So there's no truth in that. I, as governor, passed one of the toughest illegal immigration laws in the country. And we would do that nationwide. We do a national E-verify that requires every business to prove that the people they hire are there legally. So no, there is no truth to that. But, you know, I always say that, you know, if they've got to lie to win, they don't deserve to win."

On DeSantis' desperate attacks...

"I mean, God bless him. He's getting so desperate. The fact-checkers have all told him he's wrong. He actually put in millions of dollars into a campaign saying that. I never said she was an inspiration. What I said is when I had not been in politics, and I was looking at running for office; I went to a women leadership forum, and one of the speakers was Hillary Clinton. And she said, for all the reasons people tell you not to run, those are all the reasons that you should. And so when I spoke about it, if you took it all in context, I said, I don't agree with a single thing she believes in, but this is what happened and this is how I got involved in politics. I mean, look, he's lying because he's losing. And he can do that, but people see it for what it is. I'm a conservative. I was a Tea Party candidate when I ran for governor. I was a strong conservative when I cut a billion dollars off the top at the UN when I was ambassador. They can say what they want, but at the end of the day, my record speaks for itself. And it shows that we're surging, and that's why they're giving us all the attention."

Nikki Haley, Haley Campaign Press Release - Haley to Her Opponents: Why Are You So Obsessed With Me? Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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