Indian American Nikki Haley announces run for White House 2024

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Nikki Haley on Tuesday announced that she will make a bid for the White House in the upcoming 2024 Presidential Elections and became the first challenger to former US President Donald Trump in the Republican primaries.

Haley, who served as governor of South Carolina from 2011 to 2017 – becoming the state’s first female governor – and also as the American ambassador to the United Nations under the Trump administration, is being seen by many as a young changemaker.

In her announcement video, Haley outlined that the nation and the Republican Party need new leadership and have to undergo generational changes.

“You should know this about me. I don’t put up with bullies. And when you kick back it hurts them more if you’re wearing heels,” the former South Carolina governor said in her announcement video.

Nikki Haley was born Nimrata Nikki Randhawa in 1972 in rural South Carolina’s Bamberg. Her parents immigrated to the US from Punjab and set up a clothing store there while pursuing their academic careers. Her father taught at Voorhees College while her mother worked as a teacher in several public schools in Bamberg.