Nikki Haley has long been one of the GOP’s up and coming stars. While she initially took a position in Donald Trump’s administration she resigned as the UN Ambassador earlier this year. Since that resignation, she has been relatively quiet.
The former South Carolina governor has reemerged recently, though, often supporting Donald Trump in his impeachment defense. Haley’s reemergence has led some to wonder if she may replace Mike Pence as the President’s 2020 running mate.
The Wall St. Journal’s Andrew Stein had put forward the idea back in July of this year. He wrote, “Nikki Haley on the ticket could tamp down the antipathy for Mr. Trump that seems to afflict so many moderate and Republican-leaning women. President Trump needs the prospect of a Vice President Haley to help recapture the White House.”
The need for Haley may have become more stark with the recent impeachment inquiry. The former UN Ambassador has stepped up to defend Trump in the last week.
Haley also revealed that there were some officials within Trump’s administration looking to overturn his presidency. The former governor told CBS, “(John) Kelly and (Rex) Tillerson confided in me that when they resisted the president, they weren’t being insubordinate, they were trying to save the country.”
That Haley was willing to reveal this conversation renewed thoughts that she may be on the next Republican ticket. Maggie Haberman, who is plugged into Trump’s thinking, retweeted an article about Haley’s interview. The New York Times scribe wrote, “This isn’t going to tamp down the speculation that POTUS is considering putting her on the ticket and replacing Pence.”
This isn’t going to tamp down the speculation that POTUS is considering putting her on the ticket and replacing Pence. https://t.co/Tp6FPFkwZE
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) November 10, 2019