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‘Not The Same RNC’: Nikki Haley Deflects On Abiding By Debate Pledge To Endorse GOP Nominee

Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley deflected on Sunday's “Meet the Press” when asked about her position on the Republican National Committee (RNC) and her previous pledge to support Republican candidates.

Haley appeared on the show to discuss her ongoing campaign plans, even though former President Donald Trump continues to lead in the state's primary. NBC host Kristen Welker began pressing Haley on the “prospect” that he would not support Trump if he became the official Republican nominee in the 2024 general election. (Related: Trump inch closer to nomination with victory over Nikki Haley on Saturday)

Haley quickly pushed back on Welker's question, but the moderator asked Haley about her signature pledge to participate in the Republican presidential debate. Haley claimed the RNC is “not the same” she was when she signed her pledge, and she said her endorsement is not what she “thinks” about.

“Let's try it this way. You signed the pledge, the RNC pledge supporting the final candidate. Do you still feel bound by that pledge?” Welker asked.

“I've always said I have serious concerns about Donald Trump. I have even more concerns about Joe Biden,” Haley said.

“So, is that a 'no'? Are you bound by the RNC oath?” Welker pressed.

“The RNC pledge meant that at the debate stage, you had to say, “Do you support the candidate?'' I had to answer: The RNC is no longer the same RNC,” Haley said.

“So you're no longer bound by that oath?” Welker asked.

“No, I think I'll decide what decisions I make, but that's not what I'm thinking about. While you're thinking about that, I'm thinking about the thousands of people in Virginia who are I think you're thinking about the fact that we're heading to North Carolina and we're going to continue to go to Vermont and Maine and all the other states that we're going to go to to show people that there's a path forward. . So I'm not thinking about what-ifs, I'm thinking about how to continue the conversation,” Haley said.

Despite Trump's landslide victories in states such as Iowa, New Hampshire, and especially Haley's home state of South Carolina, the former U.N. ambassador plans to remain in the race and give up the “fight for an unfair cause.” I swore there wasn't. A majority of Americans disapprove of both President Trump and President Joe Biden.

Trump's recent victories include all three Republican primaries held Saturday in Missouri, Idaho and Michigan, where he secured all 13 House districts.

As the District of Columbia and North Dakota Republican primaries conclude Sunday, many Republicans are preparing for the results of Super Tuesday, March 5, which includes 15 states and one U.S. territory. proceeding.

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