Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said Sunday that the Republican National Committee is not an honest mediator in the party’s affairs. 2024 the main race.
Speaking on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Haley is the last remaining primary GOP challenger to the former president Donald TrumpHe said the RNC was not playing fair.
“Do you think the RNC was an honest broker in this?” moderator Kristen Welker asked.
Haley replied, “I mean, it’s not clear.”
“If you go in and tell the American people that you’re going to go and decide who the nominee is after only two states have voted? I mean, there are 48 states out there?” he said. “This is democracy. The American people want to have a say in who they run for. We have to give it to them.”
Haley noted that 1,215 delegates are needed to achieve the nomination, most of which have not yet been allocated.
“I think Americans want to make that decision themselves,” he said. “I don’t think it’s the RNC’s place to do that. “I think Trump overreached when he forced them to do that, and I think that’s why he had to back off, and that was a back off.”
The RNC did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Haley’s remarks.
Haley also did not say she needed to win her home state of South Carolina on Feb. 24 to stay in the presidential race, but argued that she would have to do better than she did in the New Hampshire primary.
“Shouldn’t you win your own state to show you can win a state and really put some representatives on the map for yourself?” Welker asked.
“Well, we have 17 representatives. He is 32 years old. I’d say that’s a very good start.” “I feel like I have to show that I’m creating momentum. “I have to show that I’m stronger in South Carolina than in New Hampshire.”
“Does it have to be a must-win? I don’t think it’s necessarily a win,” he added. “But it certainly has to be better than what I did in New Hampshire, and it certainly has to be close.”
Haley also said on Super Tuesday that she had “every intention” of staying in the race, but declined to stay until the Republican National Convention in July.
“I’m going to go all the way to Super Tuesday — Super Tuesday,” he said. “We’ll keep going and see where it takes us. That’s what we know we’re going to do now. I get it every once in a while. I’m not thinking too far ahead, but I’m not going anywhere.”
Before Trump’s decisive victory in the New Hampshire primary last week, RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel signaled that the party would rally behind Trump if he continued to build on his strong performance in the early caucuses and primaries.
“If President Trump makes a strong speech tonight, it’s a clear message to our core constituents,” McDaniel said. Statement to NBC News Pre-New Hampshire results came in last week. “Republicans know that unless we unite as a party behind our candidate, we cannot defeat Biden.”
An RNC member recently swam and then fell He plans to call Trump a “presumptive candidate.” “Who cares what the RNC says?” Haley’s spokesman dismissed the proposed resolution before it was withdrawn.