Haley says she no longer feels bound by the Republican Party’s commitment to supporting the eventual nominee

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Haley says she no longer feels bound by the Republican Party’s commitment to supporting the eventual nominee

Election 2024

March 3, 2024

Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley said Sunday she no longer feels bound by a pledge that required all Republican candidates to back the party’s eventual nominee in order to participate in the primary debates.

The Republican National Committee made the pledge a condition for all candidates, and almost every major contender signed, except Donald Trump, the current frontrunner, who skipped the debates.

When Haley, Trump’s only remaining major challenger for the nomination, was asked on NBC’s Meet the Press if she was forced to keep that promise, she said: No. I guess I’ll decide what decision I want to make.

She said that “the RNC now is not the same RNC it was at the time of the debates. She also insisted that she has always said she had serious concerns about Trump, for whom she served as UN ambassador.

The RNC is in the midst of major changes, with its chairwoman, Ronna McDaniel, set to leave the job on Friday. She was Trump’s hand-picked choice to lead the RNC shortly after the 2016 election, but Trump is now poised to install loyalists at the top of the organization. He has expressed his preference for North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Michael Whatley, a little-known veteran, to replace McDaniel. Trump also selected his daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, to co-chair the committee.

Haley dismissed questions about whether she would drop out and ultimately support Trump.

Right now my focus is: how do we reach as many voters as possible? How do we win? she said. I want the American people to see that you don’t have to live this way. There is a path forward. And we can do it with someone who can put eight years into it, who can continuously focus on the results and not on the negativity and the baggage that we have now.

Trump continued his march toward the nomination on Saturday, winning caucuses in Idaho and Missouri and capturing delegates at a party convention in Michigan.

Trump’s delegate count now stands at 244, compared to 24 for Haley. A candidate must secure 1,215 delegates to win the nomination.

The next event on the Republican calendar was Sunday in the District of Columbia. Two days later is Super Tuesday, when sixteen states will hold primaries on what will be the biggest day of voting outside this year.


the November elections. Trump is on track to clinch the nomination days later.

I’ve always said this has to be competitive. As long as we’re competitive, as long as we show there’s a place for us, I’ll keep fighting,” Haley said.


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