Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley officially jumped into the race for president on Tuesday, becoming the first formal challenger in the Republican Party to ex-President Donald Trump.
Haley served as United Nations ambassador under Trump and at one time was critical of the former president after Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol building before backing off.
"Some people look at America and see vulnerability," Haley said in a video statement. "The socialist left sees an opportunity to rewrite history. China and Russia are on the march. They all think we can be bullied, and kicked around.
"You should know this about me: I don't put up with bullies. And when you kick back, it hurts them more if you're wearing heels."
Haley, the daughter of Indian immigrants, appeared to focus on cultural issues as well, something that has been used successfully by Trump and expected candidate, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.