Should Nikki Haley run for president?
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Should Nikki Haley run for president?

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Nikki Haley has all the qualifications of a presidential candidate—legislative and executive experience coupled with diplomatic experience at the international level—and many are urging President Trump's ambassador to the UN to consider a presidential run. But critics argue Haley is no political genius. She's been largely complicit in Trump's bad behavior, and being the only adult in "a playpen of misbehaved children" is hardly commendable. What do you think?

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Nikki Haley herself has denied any interest in seeking the presidency, but isn't that what politicians always do? Having served in the South Carolina State House, followed by a governorship, and now ambassador to the UN, Haley has experience at nearly every level of government. Could she be our first female president?

"Everyone thinks that I'm ambitious and everybody thinks I'm trying to run for something and everybody thinks I want more," the US Ambassador to the United Nations told CNN's Jamie Gangel in the spring. "I can't imagine running for the White House."

A New York Magazine profile of Haley described her ability to dodge sexist attacks usually thrown at female politicians as evidence she could very feasibly run for president and win.

One of Haley’s political gifts — perhaps the most important, given the burden of sexism — is her ability to present herself with disarming modesty. She wears her obvious ambition in the genteel fashion of the South, where a woman will say “Bless your heart” when she wants to convey the sentiment “Fuck you.” “She is definitely driven, and she will run over people to get there."

But critics argue Haley is still just as bad as she always was, and just appears sane against the circus that is the Trump administration. Haley has been largely complicit in Trump's worst actions, including her recent decision to bully countries who voted against the United States.

Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN, said that she is “taking names” of the countries that vote against America in a meeting called to censure Donald Trump’s decision on Jerusalem.

Katherine Krueger argues in Splinter that Nikki Haley, like everyone else in the White House, will never be able to wash her hands of the Trump administration.

Working in this administration should be a stain that follows these wannabes to the ends of the political earth, even moreso as the president agitates for another war on foreign soil, just as we ejected Bush administration officials from political life for their roles leading us into disastrous wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. We’ll just have to hope Haley doesn’t know how to paint.
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