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Haley Campaign Press Release - The Snow Can't Stop Haley

January 12, 2024

DES MOINES, Iowa – Today's blizzard didn't stop Nikki Haley from going out and earning every Iowans vote. Instead of in-person town halls, Haley hosted three telephone town halls with voters across the Hawkeye State and sat down with Fox News' Sean Hannity to discuss Joe Biden's absence on the world stage.

Haley on Hannity: Joe Biden Doesn't Even Know Where He Is

On Joe Biden's absence...

"People are worried. They see those wars and they're worried about what this means. We should always be focused on national security and prevention of war. That's what Joe Biden's missed. The reason all this has happened is because he's been too slow and too weak on everything. We saw it from Afghanistan, we saw it in the fact that Putin surrounded Ukraine a whole year before and he did nothing. We see it now with Iran. They smell blood in the water. And so what they're doing is they're taking advantage of every situation because they know Joe isn't. And what bothers me even more than that, I've told people what keeps me up at night is what happens between now and election day. Because you just showed that clip of Joe Biden. It didn't even feel like he knew where he was."

On why America should care about Ukraine...

"We should never give cash to any country, friend or foe, because you can't follow it. You can't hold it accountable. You know, take these one at a time. You look at Ukraine. Here's a pro-American, freedom-loving country who was invaded by a thug. Half a million people have died and been wounded because of Putin. But why should America care about Ukraine? That's a legitimate question to ask. The problem is Biden and no one else is telling the American people the truth. We know, and I saw this every day at the UN, dictators, thugs and terrorists tell us exactly what they're going to do. They're amazingly transparent. Hamas said they were going to go into Israel. They did. China said they were going to take Hong Kong. We watched it. Russia said they were going to invade Ukraine. It happened. China says Taiwan is next. We better believe them. Russia said once they take Ukraine, Poland and the Baltics are next. Those are NATO countries. That puts America at war. This is about preventing war. It's always been about preventing war."

Telephone Town Hall #1, #2, and #3

Washington Post's Dylan Wells: "I know that on Jan. 15th, it is going to be -19°. I know it is asking a lot of you to go out and caucus, but I also know we have a country to save, and I will be out there in the cold. And I know Iowans take this in a very serious way," Haley told callers at her virtual event.

The Messenger's Stephanie Murray: Nikki Haley names some influential books in her life during a tele-town hall Q&A - The Road Less Traveled - Jesus Calling - Jesus Always - Hillbilly Elegy

Washington Post's Dylan Wells: Asked about student debt on her virtual town hall today, Nikki Haley called for financial literacy classes and said that students need more communication on what it means to take out a loan.

Sioux City Journal's Jared McNett: Currently sitting in on a Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley) "telephone town hall" which was scheduled in place of a canceled in-person event in Le Mars. The former U.N. Ambassador just told listeners "It has never been Israel needs America. It has always been America needs Israel."

CNN's Ron Brownstein: Campaign organizers would know more, but snow day necessity seemed to prompt a useful invention when @NikkiHaley did tele-town halls today. Cuts out hours of IA driving but also an interactive technology that allows campaign to more easily catalog supporters, caucus activists

Washington Post's Dylan Wells: Nikki Haley's closing message to potential caucus goers: "I promise you that I will be a president that makes you proud, that makes your kids proud, that makes you feel empowered, and makes you feel like you were invested in the great country that we have."

Nikki Haley, Haley Campaign Press Release - The Snow Can't Stop Haley Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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