The advocacy organization Americans for Prosperity Action, which is backed by billionaire Charles Koch and other wealthy conservatives, has endorsed Nikki Haley as the Republican alternative to Donald Trump.
Haley launched her campaign in February of 2023, becoming the fifth Republican woman to run for president this century, according to NewsNation, and has based much of her campaign on not only her idea that America needs her younger leadership but also her stances on abortion, transgender issues, foreign policy, climate change, and more.
Here's a closer look into those stances and what the United States would be getting itself into with Haley as President.
Nikki Haley's race for second place
Haley has stated in numerous debates that she is “pro-life” and has called for a national consensus as it pertains to a federal abortion ban. When she was a lawmaker and the governor in South Carolina, she supported extremely restrictive abortion measures.
As a state legislator, she co-sponsored a bill mandating a 24-hour waiting period between the medical consultation for an abortion and the actual procedure. She also voted to end abortion coverage in the state health plan for employees who were victims of rape and/or incest.
Haley sided with Israel in the Israel-Hamas war and has said that the U.S. should give Israel what it needs in order to get its country back and “eliminate the terrorists.” As an ambassador, she made the defense of Israel one of her defining causes which included blocking the appointment of a Palestine envoy. This then caused a withdrawal of a UN report that described the Israeli government’s treatment of Palestinian as “apartheid." Haley also once walked out of a Security Council meeting while a Palestinian official was giving a speech.
Haley has spoken out against red flag laws, and instead of calling for more gun control after the Covenant School shooting, she called for more metal detectors in schools. She has made it clear that she doesn’t trust the government not to take guns from those “who rightfully deserve to have them."
For her economic plan Haley plans to get rid of federal gas and diesel tax, cutting income taxes for working families and blocking any spending bill that she believes would take the U.S. back to pre-COVID spending levels. She also supports the increase of oil and gas drilling and has stated that would plan to lift the Biden Administrations restriction on oil and gas production.
That leads into Haley’s stance on Climate Change. While acknowledging climate change as being real and humans as being responsible, Haley has not taken a clear stance. Early in her campaign, she stated the problem needs to be addressed, but has resisted efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emission.
As an ambassador, Haley was part of removing the U.S. from the Paris Agreement, a legally binding international treaty on climate change, and plans to not only get rid of subsidies for renewable energy and cancel proposed regulations on power plans and vehicle emissions.
Haley has advocated for fixing the U.S. broken immigration system and welcoming those who are willing to work hard and abide by U.S. laws and traditions but is opposed to open borders, via NBC News. She has suggested a “catch and deport” strategy as a solution for the Mexico border crisis and wants to take federal money given to the IRS and move it to the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol so it can hire 25,000 new agents to cover the border.
Haley has made extremely controversial comments in regards to trans youth and believes that trans women competing in girl’s sports is the “women’s issue of our time,” via ABC News. She even tried to make a link between transgender athletes and the rise in teen girls’ suicidal ideation, when a study she referenced from the Center for Diseas Conntrol and Prevention provided no causation for the increase.
Haley has called for more transparency in the classroom and vows to give parents more say as she believes they know what’s best for their child. She also plans to reduce the size of the U.S. Education Department.
Although Haley has made her stance on Education clear, she has given very little comment on the current child care crisis in America, which the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistic estimates have forced 100,000 Americans to stay home, and has caused an estimated $122 billion loss in earnings each year.
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