Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley is beginning to garner a following with Iowa’s political independents. Carol Camp, who supports President Joe Biden, found herself nodding along with some points the Republican stalwart made at a recent town hall event in Newton, even as she disagreed with others.
“I would lean towards caucusing for her,” Camp said of Haley. “Of what I see in the candidates in the Republican Party right now that are running, I would lean towards caucusing for her.”
The former U.N. Ambassador and South Carolina governor offered Campbell some common sense and clarity. It’s seeing that type of response from people such as Camp that can turn the tide for Haley as she looks for a primary challenge against Donald Trump, the former president.
At other events across the state, Independents like former Dubuque resident Jim Hansen have shared positive sentiments about Haley and her policy on foreign relations. Haley has also been praised for being unapologetically pro-life, while asking for an end to the demonization of the issue that she argues is personal for many. It’s worth mentioning that there are even those who walked into her recent rally in Newton as undecided voters but walked out impressed.
As Haley’s popularity with independents grows in Iowa, some Republicans are beginning to realize she could take them in the right direction. After hearing the former U.N. Ambassador speak, former Democratic state lawmaker Wes Breckenridge stated, “I think for the Republican side I see her as somebody that could bring a step back toward civility within the Republican Party.”
So, while this latest presidential race remains in its early stages, Nikki Haley is attracting interest from all sorts of demographics. As the energy keeps building, it’ll be interesting to see where she takes her campaign from here.