In a recent interview with Axios, 2024 presidential candidate Nikki Haley didn’t hold back her criticism of former President Donald Trump’s spending habits. Haley, who is vying for the Republican nomination, expressed her concerns about the nation’s debt and the inflation caused by excessive spending. “He spent like a drunken sailor,” Haley quipped, highlighting the need for fiscal responsibility.
While Haley acknowledged her policy differences with Trump, she emphasized that she had a good working relationship with him during their time in the administration. However, she made it clear that she wasn’t “Trump-obsessed” and didn’t feel the need to constantly engage in personal attacks. “I don’t think you have to punch him all the time,” she stated, suggesting a more measured approach to policy debates.
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It’s worth noting that Trump is currently the front-runner in the GOP presidential race, garnering 54.2% of the vote. Meanwhile, Haley is ranked fifth nationwide, though she often performs better in state polls, such as in her home state of South Carolina. Despite Trump’s recent indictment for his alleged involvement in overturning the 2020 election and the January 6 riot at the Capitol, polling suggests that it has had little impact on Republican voters’ support for him.
Haley, however, remains unfazed by the indictment and its potential effect on the GOP voter base. She stated that she didn’t rush to release a statement on the matter because she is “tired of responding to all the Trump drama.” In fact, she claimed that in all her town halls, nobody asks her about Trump or the indictments.