US presidential candidate Nikki Haley explains why she refused to rule out serving as Trump's vice president

US presidential candidate Nikki Haley explains why she refused to rule out serving as Trump's vice president

US Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley has said she will not officially rule out being Donald Trump's running mate if he offers her the job.

Haley's rivals, as well as some Republicans, have speculated that she is actually aiming for second place behind the 77-year-old businessman on the 2024 Republican ticket. Haley, a former governor of South Carolina and former ambassador to the United Nations, said who is not in the running to come in second place, but has not specifically said he would turn down Trump's offer.

But she has now revealed why she won't publicly turn down the offer.

“First of all, it is highly offensive to think that I would go through all this to run for vice president,” Haley told the New Hampshire union leader in an interview published Thursday, December 5.

“I am fighting to become president and I will win,” she added.

Haley then predicted that ruling out being Trump's vice president would be “the news for days” and take focus away from her recent polling gains against Trump in New Hampshire, where a new poll puts her within four percentage points of the 45th president.

In the US, Trump continues to dominate primary polls by an average of 50 points above his closest competitor, according to RealClearPolitics.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' campaign has focused particularly on rumors about Haley wanting to run alongside Trump, launching a microsite to track the claims.

“She won’t answer directly – and she owes you an answer to this – will she accept a vice presidential nomination from Donald Trump? Yes or no,” DeSantis himself said last month.

Those within Trump's inner circle have publicly expressed fears that the former president would seriously consider Haley for the job.

Former White House strategist Steve Bannon speculated earlier this week that a “big fight” would break out in the spring over the issue.

“They’re going to try to force Nikki to accept the fine,” Bannon said Monday on “Human Events Daily.” “They'll say 'Trump needs a woman, Nikki, on the ticket, she balances things out and can bring together that 15% of never-Trumpers in the Republican Party.' We will have to have this fight.”

Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., said he would personally intervene if Haley were his father's vice president.

“I wouldn’t accept it and I would do everything I could to make sure that didn’t happen,” he told Newsmax’s Eric Bolling in a December interview.

Former Fox News host Tucker Carlson, a Trump supporter, also expressed strong criticism, telling podcaster Tim Pool that “not only would I not vote for that ticket, I would defend it as strongly as I could.”

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, also a Trump supporter, said the choice would be a “mistake” but would not alter her support for the former president.

“If he chose her, I would say I disagree with him. But then I would support the ticket, because he is still the president and the president still makes the decisions,” Noem told Bolling on Tuesday.

Noem previously said she would accept the vice president position “in a heartbeat” if Trump offered it to her.


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