Haley targets Trump’s affinity for dictators during final sprint in New Hampshire


PETERBOROUGH/MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE: Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley accused Republican rival Donald Trump of being “obsessed” with dictators and too old to lead on Saturday (Jan 20) in a final stretch of campaigning in New Hampshire ahead of Tuesday’s presidential nominating contest.

The former US president ramped up his verbal attacks and targeted Haley’s Indian heritage as the former ambassador to the United Nations sought to blunt Trump’s momentum following his victory in the Iowa caucuses last Monday.

New Hampshire boasts a more moderate brand of Republicanism with a semi-open primary that can attract more centrist voters, who may be turned off by Trump’s four criminal cases, authoritarian language and efforts to overturn his 2020 re-election loss.

Haley spoke to reporters following an event in Peterborough, New Hampshire, and emphasized Trump’s relationships with leaders such as Russia’s Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un.

Her campaign released a TV ad that will run in New Hampshire featuring the mother of Otto Warmbier, who died in 2017 after being held in North Korean custody. Haley accused Trump of writing “love letters” to Kim after Warmbier was recovered. “He is obsessed with these dictators,” she said.

One of two remaining candidates challenging Trump for the Republican nomination, Haley needs a strong showing after placing third narrowly behind Florida Governor Ron DeSantis as Trump handily won in Iowa, the first stop in the state-by-state battle to determine the party’s choice to face President Joe Biden, a Democrat who is running for re-election.

The second Republican contest could help her build support as a viable alternative to Trump, or close her already narrow path to the nomination even before reaching the contest in her home state of South Carolina next month.



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