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Nikki Haley’s Moment

Dec 7, 2023
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Jazmine Ulloa, national politics reporter for The New York Times, and Nate Cohn, The New York Times's chief political analyst, discuss Nikki Haley's rising popularity in the race to become the Republican candidate for 2024. They analyze her potential challenge against Trump and the risks of distancing herself from him. The hosts also explore the similarities between George W. Bush and Trump's positions in politics. Along with updates on Israeli operations in Gaza and the resignation of former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, this episode provides valuable insights into the current political landscape.
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  • Nikki Haley's campaign transformed from struggling to gaining momentum, attracting larger crowds and securing influential endorsements.
  • Nikki Haley appeals to a faction of the Republican party dissatisfied with Trump, offering a moderate political identity separate from him.

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Nikki Haley's Early Campaign Challenges

When Nikki Haley began her presidential campaign, her crowds were modest and there wasn't a clear reason why she was running. She faced doubts from voters and even questions about dropping out. Despite this, she started to gain momentum after standout performances in the debates and began attracting larger and more diverse crowds. Her rise in the polls and increasing donations signaled a shift in perception, and she even secured a significant endorsement from influential Republican donor David Koch's network. Nikki Haley's campaign transformed from a candidate struggling to gain support to a strong challenger in the race.

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