Nikki Haley says she’s no longer bound by RNC pledge to endorse Trump if he wins

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Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley nary longer feels bound by a pledge made to nan Republican National Committee that she would support nan GOP statesmanlike nominee, she said successful an question and reply that aired Sunday.

Asked by NBC News’ “Meet nan Press” moderator Kristen Welker, “So you’re nary longer bound by that pledge?” Haley responded that she was not obligated to endorse erstwhile President Donald Trump if he becomes nan Republican nominee.

“No, I deliberation I’ll make what determination I want to make, but that’s not thing I’m reasoning about,” she said, noting that “if you talk astir an endorsement, you’re talking astir a loss. I don’t deliberation for illustration that.”

She added, “When you’re successful a race, you don’t deliberation astir losing. You deliberation astir continuing to spell forward.”

Pressed further astir whether voters who will caput to nan polls successful nan GOP statesmanlike superior connected Tuesday merit to cognize wherever she stands connected endorsing Trump, Haley continued to dodge nan question, saying, “When you each inquire Donald Trump if he would support me, past I will talk astir that. But correct now, my attraction is, ‘How do we touch arsenic galore voters? How do we win?’”

The connection is an evident displacement from her erstwhile cognition toward a imaginable endorsement. Asked successful July whether she would support Trump if he wins, Haley told Fox News, “I would support him because I’m not going to person a President Kamala Harris,” referring to nan truth that Vice President Kamala Harris would go president if thing were to hap to President Joe Biden successful a 2nd term.

In bid to participate successful superior debates hosted by nan Republican National Committee past fall, each campaigner signed a promise to support nan eventual Republican nominee. Haley signed that pledge.

But successful her “Meet nan Press” interview, she blasted nan RNC, saying, “The RNC is not nan aforesaid RNC” and that “now it’s Trump’s” RNC.

“I mean, astatine nan clip of nan debate, we had to return it to where, ‘Would you support nan nominee,’ and successful bid to get connected that statement stage, you said, ‘Yes,’” Haley said.

The RNC is still chaired by Ronna McDaniel, who was chair astatine nan clip of nan debates, but Trump has endorsed Michael Whatley, nan North Carolina GOP chair, and Lara Trump, his daughter-in-law, to return complete arsenic chair and co-chair of nan group.

Haley has sharpened her rhetoric toward Trump successful caller weeks, attacking him arsenic “unhinged” and “more diminished than he was.”

A imaginable endorsement of Trump is not nan only rumor Haley has offered seemingly conflicting viewpoints on. In nan aforesaid question and reply pinch “Meet nan Press,” Haley astatine first wouldn’t perpetrate to endorsing national protections for fertility treatments for illustration successful vitro fertilization.

“What I support is that we make judge that each genitor has nan correct to person those fertility processes. I had my 2 children done fertility. I want each genitor who wants that blessing to beryllium capable to person that. And authorities shouldn’t do thing to extremity it,” Haley said.

She added, “I deliberation nan speech of what happens pinch those embryos has to beryllium betwixt nan parents and nan physicians, period. We don’t request to spell and create a bunch of laws for thing erstwhile we don’t person a problem.”

Minutes later, pressed again astir whether location should beryllium national protections for IVF, Haley said location should be.

“Yes, to make judge that IVF is location to make judge that parents person it, each of that,” she said.

Asked why abortion shouldn’t beryllium a determination made by group and their doctors, Haley based on that nan rumor should beryllium decided astatine nan authorities level.

“What I’ve said is this should beryllium successful nan hands of nan group for nan group to decide. They should determine whether their states are going to beryllium pro-life aliases pro-choice. They should determine whether their states are going to beryllium IVF aliases not IVF,” she said. “I personally deliberation we want arsenic galore fertility options for group arsenic they can. That’s my opinion.”

“But different states whitethorn determine thing different. Alabama was going successful 1 direction,” she said, alluding to nan caller ruling by nan Alabama Supreme Court that embryos are people. “I don’t deliberation that’s nan guidance you want to go, nan aforesaid measurement I don’t deliberation that nan conversations that group person been having connected abortion are bully conversations.”

Her remarks travel aft nan Alabama Supreme Court past period decided that embryos are people, making entree to IVF uncertain successful that state. Just days later, Alabama’s House and Senate passed Republican-proposed bills intended to protect IVF.

Last week, Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., blocked legislation that would person created national protections for IVF nationwide, calling nan measurement “vast overreach.”

Alexandra Marquez

Alexandra Marquez is simply a authorities newsman for NBC News.