Nikki Haley Raises Eyebrows With THIS Remark About Iowa's Role In Presidential Elections

Written By BlabberBuzz | Saturday, 06 January 2024 01:00 AM
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Nikki Haley, the former ambassador, has found herself in the crosshairs of criticism from her Republican counterparts and some Iowans following a statement she made to an audience in New Hampshire.

The comment implied that Iowa "initiates" the election process, and New Hampshire is tasked with "rectifying" it.

While campaigning in Milford, New Hampshire, on Wednesday, Haley addressed a large gathering, stating, "we have an opportunity to get this right. And I know we’ll get it right, and I trust you. I trust every single one of you. You know how to do this. You know Iowa starts it. You know that you correct it."

This remark did not sit well with some Iowa caucus-goers who are leaning towards Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. Mark Putney, a resident of Fayette County, Iowa, responded to Haley's comment by saying, "Rooted out of our history of hard-working Iowans, Iowa has always been a pulse of the nation, where the term heartland comes from." He added, "Nikki Haley's comments are an insult to Iowans like myself who take pride in being the first-in-the-nation caucus. The next president must be someone who appreciates Iowans, not belittles us due to her poor performance in the race."

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Brenda Sandburg, from Benton County, Iowa, expressed her offense at Haley's comment, stating, "Nikki Haley has shown herself to be completely out of touch with rural America, and she has no business being President of the United States."

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Lori Tiangco of Polk County, Iowa, echoed this sentiment, saying, "I am sick of elitist politicians who think they know better than the people who they are supposed to serve. It’s Ms. Haley who needs to be corrected, not us, and our voices will be heard on Jan. 15."

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Governor DeSantis addressed Haley's comment in a radio interview with KFAB on Thursday. "I think it was incredibly disrespectful to Iowans to say somehow their votes need to be, quote, corrected," DeSantis said. "I think she's trying to provide an excuse for her not doing well. You know, her allies and her have spent a huge amount of money here."

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In response to a request for comment from Fox News Digital, the Haley campaign pointed to reactions from Iowa caucus-goers supporting Haley who were unfazed by the "lighthearted joke."

Austin Harris, an Iowa state representative, said, "It was a lighthearted joke playing up the rivalry between Iowa and New Hampshire. Her opponents are clearly desperate because she is rising in the polls, and they’re terrified. So, they will grasp at anything."

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Emily Schmitt, general counsel at Sukup Manufacturing, added, "This is what we like about Nikki – she’s a real person, she’s not scripted. If her opponents are attacking her based on an offhand remark, that’s more proof of what we already knew, that she’s got the momentum and the support of Iowans."

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Iowa state Sen. Chris Cournoyer also defended Haley, stating, "The media outrage on this – like most things – is completely detached from reality on the ground in Iowa. Nikki Haley continues to win over caucus-goers ahead of Jan. 15. She’s done over 70 town halls in the state, taking questions directly from folks. The bottom line, Haley is positioned to do very well on caucus day."

With the Iowa Caucus just two weeks away, Haley is polling at 16.1%, placing her third behind former President Trump at 51.3% and DeSantis at 18.6%.

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