NASHUA, New Hampshire – Vivek Ramswamy says Nikki Haley, his rival for the Republican nomination in the 2024 presidential election, should be “disqualified from the office of president.”
The multimillionaire biotech entrepreneur and first-time candidate’s verbal attack on Haley, a former two-term South Carolina governor who later served as ambassador to the United Nations in President Donald Trump’s administration, came within hours after she argued that Ramaswamy’s comments on the war between Israel and Hamas were akin to the far-left “Squad” in Congress.
This is the latest verbal fire between the two candidates which broke out during the electoral campaign and during the first two Republican presidential nomination debates.
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Haley has seen her polling numbers increase in early state surveys as well as nationally in recent months. She doubled her support in the latest Fox News national poll released earlier this week. Haley, Ramaswamy and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis are among the candidates fighting for second place in a nomination battle where former President Donald Trump remains the favorite.
Ramaswamy, speaking to reporters before his speech at the New Hampshire Republican Party leadership summit, accused Haley of having “personal conflicts of interest,” in what appeared to be an attack on her husband’s business ties to the defense industry. .
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“Nikki Haley has foreign policy experience, and it shows in her bank account, to the tune of $8 million,” Ramaswamy said. “It’s sick. Especially when you have a Biden crime family and the White House that has monetized its relationships and its foreign policy and sold out our foreign policy. We don’t need to replace them with a Republican version of the same thing.”
“I don’t want a president close to the White House who is ready to drag us into World War III,” Ramaswamy said.
Haley’s campaign has not responded to Ramaswamy’s latest insults.
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Haley told reporters earlier Friday, after filing an application at the Statehouse in Concord to put her name on the New Hampshire GOP presidential primary ballot, that “Ramaswamy looks like the Squad”
“And there is no room for the Squad or for Ramaswamy” when it comes to discussing international conflicts, she said.
Haley joins her 2024 Republican White House rivals, former Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, in criticizing Ramaswamy’s recent comments questioning the motives of some Republicans advocating for an Israeli response strengthened following Hamas’ sneak attack on Israel last weekend, which resulted in the deadliest attack on the Jewish state in decades.
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The horrific attack upended the 2024 presidential race and highlighted the growing divide within the Republican Party between the party’s growing anti-interventionist “America First” wing and the traditional conservative wing that staunchly supports the America’s long-standing role in policing the world.
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