Republican presidential nominee Nikki Haley came out swinging at fellow GOP candidates, including former President Donald Trump, during Wednesday night’s RNC debate over their previous support for government spending increases.
In her remarks, delivered during her opening statement, Haley Trump, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, denounced former Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Tim Scott, RS.C., for previously supporting measures to increase US debt. She added that American children will “never forgive” leaders for supporting such views.
“Nobody is telling the American people the truth. The truth is, Biden didn’t do this to us,” Haley said. Our Republicans did this to us too. When they passed that $2.2 trillion stimulus bill, they left us with 90 million people on Medicaid and 42 million people on food stamps. Nobody told you how to fix this.’
“I’ll tell you how to fix it,” she continued. “They need to stop spending. They need to stop borrowing. They need to take away the earmarks that the Republicans put in place. And they need to make sure they understand that this is tax money, not their money.”
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Haley’s comments about fellow Republicans were the first during the debate to go directly after Trump, who chose not to attend the debate.
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“You have Ron DeSantis, you have Tim Scott, you have Mike Pence – they all voted to raise debt. And Donald Trump has added $8 trillion to our debt. Our children will never forgive us for this.” Haley added.
“In the end, if you look at the 2024 budget, the Republicans asked for $7.4 billion in earmarks. The Democrats asked for $2.8 billion,” she said. So tell me, who are the big spenders? I think it’s time for an accountant in the White House.”
Following her comments Wednesday, Haley’s campaign issued a press release highlighting specific measures and votes that other candidates have supported that would increase government spending. Her campaign said Haley “proved tonight that she’s an outsider with a track record of standing up to both Democrats and Republicans on spending issues.”