CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – South Carolina’s former governor may soon officially announce her plans to seek the Republican nomination for president during an event scheduled later this month in Charleston.
Nikki Haley, who served as governor from January 2011 through January 2017, shared a message on her Facebook page that she and her family were planning to make a special announcement from The Shed at The Charleston Visitor Center on February 15.
Haley delivered her catchphrase when promoting the event, saying, “And yes, it’s definitely going to be a Great Day in South Carolina.”
Both the Associated Press and Washington Post reported Tuesday that Haley was planning to announce her presidential campaign during an event planned for Feb. 15 in Charleston – the Facebook post confirmed that decision was very likely.
“It really is going to change the calculus of what goes on in South Carolina politics. With Donald Trump having already announced, now she’s the first woman to announce, with the potential of Tim Scott possibly entering the race, it’s going to be a very interesting time in South Carolina,” said Dave Wilson, the President of Palmetto Family Council.
Haley served as South Carolina’s governor for six years before she was tapped by then-president Donald Trump to become ambassador to the United Nations. She left that office at the end of 2018.
Donald Trump previously announced his plans to seek the presidency in 2024. Haley’s official announcement would make her the first candidate to vie for the GOP nomination against the former president.
“This is interesting for a number of different reasons. Number one, it begins to go back on some of her comments about former President Donald Trump, who she served in his cabinet. Stating basically that if he intended to run, which he has, he’s formally announced, for president that she would not seek the nomination. Clearly that has changed,” said John Brisini who is a political analyst.
Those interested in attending the Feb. 15 event are asked to RSVP.