Nikki Haley, the former governor of South Carolina and ambassador to the United Nations, announced her candidacy for president on Tuesday, becoming the first major challenger to former President Donald Trump for the 2024 Republican nomination.

The announcement – made public in a video shared on her social networks – marks a radical change for the former Trump cabinet official, who said two years ago that she would not challenge her former boss in the race for the White House in 2024.

“Republicans have lost the popular vote in seven of the last eight presidential elections. That has to change,” said Haley, who seems to have changed his mind, he says, as much because of the country’s economic problems as because of the need for a ” generational change”, a nod to the age of Trump, 76 years

“You should know something about me. I don’t tolerate bullies. And when you hit them back, it hurts more if you’re wearing heels,” Haley said. “I’m Nikki Haley and I’m running for president.”

Haley, 51, is the first in a long line of Republicans expected to launch 2024 campaigns in the coming months. They include Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, former Vice President Mike Pence, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina.

President Joe Biden has said he intends to run for re-election in 2024, halting any fight for the Democratic nomination.

“Joe Biden’s record is dismal, but that shouldn’t be a surprise. The Washington establishment has failed us time and time again,” Haley said.

Haley states in the video: “I’ve never lost an election and I’m not going to start now.” If she is elected, she would be the nation’s first female president and the first American president of Indian descent.

In his recording, Haley appears in Bamberg (South Carolina), where he remembers that he was born into an Indian family: “My mother always said ‘your job is not to focus on the differences, but on the similarities.’ Haley grew up enduring racist taunts in a small South Carolina town and she has long cited that impact on her personal and political life.

Haley is expected to deliver a speech at a campaign launch event in Charleston, South Carolina, on Wednesday.

Under Trump, Haley was one of the stars of his administration for his tough speeches and independent image.

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