The competition between former President Donald Trump and former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley in the GOP primaries intensifies as they head into New Hampshire for a crucial stage. Both candidates exchanged barbs at a rally, with Haley accusing Trump of being a "liar," and Trump inviting South Carolina lawmakers critical of Haley to the stage.
Haley emphasized that Trump and his allies were lying about her positions and proposals, stating that someone who lies to win does not deserve to win. Trump, in response, claimed that almost every politician in South Carolina was endorsing him.
The dispute includes allegations about Haley's foreign policy positions and proposals for Social Security. Trump, during a rally in Concord, New Hampshire, falsely claimed that then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected his request for deploying 10,000 National Guard troops before January 6, 2021. The name mix-up occurred while Trump criticized Haley.
Haley defended herself, stating that she was not in the Capitol on January 6 and was not in office at the time. She accused Trump of getting confused and being in a temper tantrum.
Trump seeks a big win in New Hampshire to pressure rivals to drop out, while Haley aims for a strong showing to stay competitive. The competition has escalated, with both candidates making a final push for support in the primary.
Ron DeSantis, the Florida Governor, canceled a scheduled interview on CNN's State of the Union, citing a scheduling issue. DeSantis is campaigning in South Carolina just days before the New Hampshire primary.
Haley received support from Judge Judy, who appeared with her in Exeter ahead of the primary. Rudy Giuliani, Trump's former lawyer, attended a Trump rally in Manchester.
Rep. Elise Stefanik, who is rumored to be a potential running mate for Trump, expressed her support for him. Asa Hutchinson, a Republican who dropped out of the presidential race, endorsed Nikki Haley and criticized Trump's divisive approach.
The competition in New Hampshire has become a focal point for the GOP primaries, with both Trump and Haley making significant efforts to secure support and momentum.
(With Agency Inputs)