Former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley appears to be auditioning to be President Donald Trump’s vice presidential pick in 2024.
In a surprise move, she slammed Trump’s closest rival Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
Haley is running in 2024 but has little chance of winning the Republican nomination.
DeSantis has not formally announced his candidacy but most expect him to run.
Trump is the clear frontrunner with DeSantis trailing in a distant second place.
With Trump far out in front, the GOP primary will likely serve as an audition for the 45th president’s running mate.
“President Trump is right when he says Governor DeSantis is copying him — first in his style, then on entitlement reform, and now on Ukraine.
“I have a different style than President Trump, and while I agree with him on most policies, I do not on those.
“Republicans deserve a choice, not an echo.
“If Russia wins, there is no reason to believe it will stop at Ukraine.
“And if Russia wins, then its closest allies, China and Iran, will become more aggressive.”
DeSantis said earlier:
“We’re not going to mess with Social Security as Republicans.
“I think that that’s pretty clear.”
As Slay News reported, Trump blasted DeSantis during a speech in Iowa recently.
“And he also fought against Social Security,” Trump said.
“He wanted to decimate it and voted against it three times.
“Voted against Social Security. That’s a bad one.
“A lot of people don’t know that, but I think they’ve been finding out over the last four weeks – one of the reasons we’re zooming in the polls, perhaps.
“Maybe that’s one, maybe it’s other things, too.
“But it’s really based on what we’ve done, I think.
“And on Social Security, while we’re at it, he wanted the minimum retirement age to be lifted to people that are 70 years old, a substantial increase over what it is right now.
“That’s a big increase, and he also voted to severely cut Medicare.
“I will not be cutting Medicare and I will not be cutting Social Security.
“We’re leaving the age where it is.
“But you have to remember, Ron was a disciple of Paul Ryan, who is a RINO loser who currently is destroying Fox and would constantly vote against entitlements.
“He would just again–remember that?
“The wheelchair over the cliff.
“The Democrats used it,” he said.
“The wheelchair over the cliff commercial. Very effective.
“That was about him, but Ryan, Paul Ryan’s a big reason that Mitt Romney – I’m not a big fan of Mitt Romney – lost his election.
“And to be honest with you, Ron reminds me a lot of Mitt Romney.
“So, I don’t think you’re gonna be doing so well here.
“But we’re gonna find out. But those are the facts” he said.
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