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‘Back to normal.’ Nikki Haley on why she’s a better choice than Trump in NC’s Republican Party primaries

Days before Super Tuesday, presidential candidate Nikki Haley made her case in Raleigh on Saturday about why she is the best Republican primary candidate to get America “back to normal” and why her opponent, former President Donald Trumpwill mean that the Republicans lose to the Democratic President Joe Biden in this fall’s general election.

Before a crowded Union Hall at Union Station in downtown Raleigh, Haley said Trump spends most of his time “on a rant about victimhood” and “at no point does he talk about the American people.” She told her supporters that Trump is “talking about himself,” ignoring what the American people need and want.

She took aim at Trump at the US-Mexico border for wanting to put his daughter-in-law Lara Trump in the leadership of the RNC, saying Trump wants to make the RNC “his legal slush fund.” Trump is facing a slew of criminal charges over his failed efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election.

Trump was also in North Carolina on Saturday for a rally in Greensboro and is leading the primaries so far. Haley is the latest candidate to oppose him in the primaries.

Haley told reporters after her event Saturday that she was “super excited” to receive the support of Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine.

“They are two strong, very courageous women who really want to see what I want to see, which is moving our country in a good direction,” Haley said.

She said her candidacy is “not an anti-Trump movement, this is a pro-American movement,” and that Trump is the reason Republicans keep losing.

Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley speaks during a rally at Union Station in Raleigh, NC, Saturday, March 2, 2024.

Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley speaks during a rally at Union Station in Raleigh, NC, Saturday, March 2, 2024.

‘Back to normal’ for America

“Many of us want to get back to normal. But we have to do something about it,” Haley said as she encouraged people to vote during North Carolina’s March 5 primary. After her speech ended, she took photos and signed posters with hundreds of supporters at Union Station.

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Haley also spoke about a variety of policy issues, including wanting tax cuts for the middle class and spreading the blame for the cost of living not just to Biden, but to Trump as well.

“You look at what is happening, no one is talking about the debts. No one talks about how difficult it is there. You feel it: your salary doesn’t go that far, your grocery bill is a lot higher. This also applies to your energy bills. And I would like to tell you that Joe Biden has done that work. And he sent us on this roller coaster of socialism, which is dangerous. But I have always spoken in hard truths. And I’m going to do that with you today.

“Donald Trump and the Republicans did that to us too,” she told the crowd.

Haley criticized Trump for failing to resolve the crisis at the US-Mexico border. She talked about what she liked and didn’t like about Congress’ border bill.

“What bothers me is that what normally should have happened is that Congress would have gotten into a chamber and debated until they fortified the chamber to get it out. But instead, Donald Trump told Congress not to do anything until after the general election because it would hurt him. We cannot wait another day to pass a strong border law,” Haley said.

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Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley speaks during a rally at Union Station in Raleigh, NC, Saturday, March 2, 2024.Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley speaks during a rally at Union Station in Raleigh, NC, Saturday, March 2, 2024.

Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley speaks during a rally at Union Station in Raleigh, NC, Saturday, March 2, 2024.

Haley’s pitch for ‘new generation leader’

Haley, the former governor of South Carolina, is 52 years old and would be the country’s first president from Generation X. The last younger president, Barack Obama, was 47 when he first took office. Biden is 81 and Trump is 77.

“Don’t you think we should have mental aptitude tests for everyone over 75? Now I want to be clear. I’m not being disrespectful when I say that. We all know people over 75 who can run laps around us. And then we know Joe Biden. Congress has become the most privileged nursing home in the country,” she said.

She asked the North Carolina primary to elect her on Tuesday.

“Now is the time. We need a new generational leader who can spend eight years, day and night, fixing the things we need to fix, without negativity, without drama, without retaliation – only with real results for the American people,” said Haley .

She also made her pitch to the next generation.

When you look at the younger generation, look at what they’ve been through, Haley said.

“They went through COVID, which was traumatic. Then they go and see a $34 trillion (national) debt that they know they will ultimately be responsible for. They worry about finding a job. They worry about making ends meet. They don’t know that they will ever be able to afford a house, and they feel these wars all over the world, and it all falls under the umbrella of an America that is full of anger and division. And then we want to know why there is so much stress, anxiety and depression? Our children deserve to know what normal feels like,” she said.

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Student Margaret Hope Scott was not only at her first Haley event, but also her first time volunteering for a political event. Scott handed out Haley merchandise as people entered the building.

“The direction (Haley) would like to take this country, I’m a big fan of that. I think it’s definitely something that we need, especially as a younger generation. She really has the embodiment of American values ​​back where it needs to be,” Scott said.

Scott said she applauds Haley for staying in the race even though Trump has won primaries in other states.

“I think it’s very inspiring, everything she does,” Scott said of Haley.

Haley is ‘what we need’

Haley supporter Tina Rivenbark of Wilmington was volunteering for the Haley campaign for the third time, she said, including two events in Wilmington.

‘I think she’s smart. I think she’s into it. I think she is gracious, intelligent and strong,” Rivenbark said about why she supports Haley. “And I think that’s what we need. “I don’t think we should just shut down every conversation when something comes up,” she said.

Haley said that “the people of North Carolina have to make a decision right now. Do you want more of the same, or do you want to take a new path?”

After her meeting, Haley told reporters that the “biggest concern” is that people who don’t like Trump will simply continue to vote in the general election, leading to a Biden victory. She said her supporters “want to be part of something positive. They want to be part of something good.”

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