“Fox & Friends” co-hosts questioned former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley during a Tuesday interview regarding her position against former President Donald Trump in recent polls.

Haley is currently losing to Trump in New Hampshire’s Tuesday primary and the upcoming South Carolina primary. Fox News’ Ainsley Earhardt and Brian Kilmeade confronted Haley about these poll results, inquiring whether she would drop out of the race under any circumstances.


“The facts are that Donald Trump beat you by 30 points in Iowa,” Earhardt noted. “Now in New Hampshire the facts are that you were down in the polls. These are the polls. We know polls can be wrong. If you don’t win today, do you go on to South Carolina? And I’m from South Carolina, and we love you there. We love Tim Scott there, but Donald Trump is also loved there. You don’t want to go in your state and lose that state if you stay in the race ’cause we’d love to see you in some other capacity down the road. What is your response to that? Do you get out if you lose today?”

“No, I don’t get out if I lose today,” Haley answered. “First of all, again, I’m going to say this. We have had 56,000 people vote for Donald Trump and you’re going to say that’s what the country wants? That’s not what the country wants. We’re going to have New Hampshire vote today. They deserve to have the power of their voice said. I have won South Carolina twice. Do they support Trump? Of course they do. I voted for Trump twice. I think he was the right president at the right time. I don’t think he is the right president going forward. There’s a difference between support and where you want our country to go. I’m going to fight just as hard in South Carolina as I did before.”

Haley got third place in the Iowa caucus with 19.1% of the vote as Trump won with 51% and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis received 21.2%. DeSantis has now dropped out of the race and endorsed Trump.

“The Iowa  polls were right. The distance was about what the polls were. Right now you’re down double digits in the last three major polls. And in South Carolina I think you’re down 40 or 50 points. So do you think those polls are that dramatically wrong and can you make up that difference?” Kilmeade asked Haley.

“Well I’m not down 40 or 50 points in South Carolina,” she responded. “I think we need to have a current poll in South Carolina. But I’ll also tell you this. When I ran for governor, I ran against an attorney general, lieutenant governor and a popular congressman. And I worked it and fought for it and earned it. I’m going to go into South Carolina and do the same thing. I take nothing for granted.”

Kilmeade followed up by asking Haley if there was any circumstance that could cause her campaign to end Tuesday night.

“Of course not,” Haley asserted. “We’ve already made our ad buy.”

Jason Cohen on January 23, 2024

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