Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (Fox News, X)

Former South Carolina Gov. Haley Says She’s Not Bound To Support Trump As GOP Nominee

Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (Fox News, X)
Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (Fox News, X)

Republican presidential contender Nikki Haley says she’s not “anti-Trump” but stands ready to abandon her promise to support the party’s nominee as former President Donald Trump inches closer to claiming the title.

During an interview Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Haley suggested that such a pledge does not bind her because she still believes she can win the GOP nomination.

“I have always said that I have serious concerns about Donald Trump. I have even more concerns about [President] Joe Biden,” Haley began when asked about the pledge.

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She added that the Republican National Committee made it mandatory to sign the pledge to back the party’s nominee in order to participate in the primary debates.

When anchor Kristen Welker specifically asked Haley if she felt bound by that pledge, her answer was short: “No.”

“The RNC is now not the same RNC,” she continued. “I’ll make what decision I wanna make, but that’s not something I’m thinking about.”

“While y’all are thinking about that, I’m looking at the fact that we had thousands of people [at a rally] in Virginia, we’re headed to North Carolina, we’re gonna continue to go to Vermont and Maine, and all these states to go and show people that there is a path forward.”

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“I don’t look at what-ifs,” Haley added. “I look at how do we continue the conversation.”

Trump followed a crushing win in Haley’s home state of South Carolian during the last weekend of February with wins this past week in Missouri, Michigan and Idaho.

Both of Trump’s other early rivals, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and biotech CEO Vivek Ramaswamy, have committed to backing Trump if he is the party’s nominee.

Haley’s comments came just after an interview in which she claimed she was not “anti-Trump” but felt the party and the country could do better than Trump.

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In a roundtable discussion with reporters in Washington, D.C., last week, Haley said Trump’s position is “if you’re not with me, you’re against me.”

“This [campaign] is about the fact that I think America is better than this. And I think that the Republican Party is better than this, and I think we can do more than this,” she told the journalists.

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