DNC Statement on Chris Sununu’s Endorsement of Nikki Haley

In response to New Hampshire governor Chris Sununu’s endorsement of Nikki Haley, DNC National Press Secretary Sarafina Chitika released the following statement: 

“Chris Sununu knows a loser when he sees one – and he’s found his next flop in Nikki Haley. Two MAGA extremists trying desperately to masquerade as moderates, Sununu and Haley most recently teamed up to support notorious election denier Don Bolduc after they both said they wouldn’t support candidates who put our democracy in danger in 2020. But it doesn’t stop there: Haley and Sununu are in lockstep behind the rest of the MAGA agenda, backing extreme abortion bans, attacking affordable health care, supporting ending Social Security and Medicare as we know it, and backing tax giveaways for the ultra-wealthy. Haley and her deeply unpopular agenda would lose next year regardless of today’s endorsement, but Sununu’s support is the nail in the coffin.” 

Haley made notorious election denier Don Bolduc her New Hampshire campaign chair, and she spent last year campaigning with election deniers after saying she was not supporting candidates who supported Trump’s efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election.

Haley in October 2022: “Everybody that I’m helping acknowledges the fact that the elections, you know, were real.”

Washington Post: “[Haley] has endorsed and campaigned with a slate of Senate candidates who reject or question the 2020 election results as she positions herself as a potential 2024 presidential candidate. Haley appeared at a rally Tuesday with Don Bolduc of New Hampshire, who insisted Trump won the election and that President Biden was illegitimate … She also campaigned with Adam Laxalt of Nevada, who led the Trump campaign’s efforts to overturn the results in that state. And she endorsed Ted Budd of North Carolina, who as a congressman voted against certifying the electoral college results on Jan. 6, 2021.”

Deseret News: “Nikki Haley adds controversial former U.S. Senate candidate to campaign team”

“Don Bolduc, a retired Army general and former U.S. Senate candidate, is the new chair for Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley’s New Hampshire campaign, the Haley campaign announced Tuesday morning. Bolduc made national headlines during his 2022 Senate campaign … for his controversial views on COVID-19 and the 2020 election.”

Haley: “We’re glad [Bolduc’s] on our team.”

Fox News: “Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley has secured the endorsement of a top Trump ally, House Freedom Caucus member Rep. Ralph Norman. … His support comes despite former President Donald Trump’s endorsement of his re-election the 2022 midterm elections and also after Norman did not vote to certify the 2020 election, in a nod to his loyalty to Trump.”

Sununu also endorsed and embraced Bolduc after calling him a “conspiracy theorist-type candidate” – and Sununu has a history of supporting Trump’s election fraud conspiracies.

Seacoast Current: “Gov. Chris Sununu, who denounced Republican U.S. Senate candidate Don Bolduc as a ‘conspiracy theorist-type candidate’ recently referred to him as an ‘amazing individual,’ in a Fox News interview.”

Sununu: “And this early voting stuff is difficult, and mail-in voting – I don’t like any of it.”

WMUR: “Chris Sununu told conservative Boston radio talk show host Howie Carr on Monday he believes New Hampshire Democrats have practiced election fraud in the Granite State for many years. Carr asked Sununu why Democrats have repeatedly won gubernatorial elections. Sununu replied, ‘The Democrats got very sly. When they first took over in the late 1990s and early 2000s, they changed the election laws. ‘We have same day voter registration, and to be honest, when Massachusetts elections are not very close, they’re busing them in all over the place,’ Sununu said. … ‘There’s no doubt there’s election fraud here,’ Sununu said. He said ‘rigged’ is ‘the word you’re not supposed to use anymore. But they have really gamed the system in their advantage.’”

Boston Globe: “Trump is still blaming his 2016 New Hampshire loss on voter fraud — with zero proof”

Haley has pledged her support for extreme abortion bans before many women know they’re pregnant and has made clear that she would sign any nationwide abortion ban that landed on her desk, while Sununu has bragged about signing New Hampshire’s first abortion ban in 40 years.

New York Times: “Nikki Haley Says She Would Have Signed Six-Week Abortion Ban as Governor”

Bob Vander Plaats: “If you were governor of South Carolina and that came to your desk, would you sign the heartbeat bill?”

Haley: “Yes.”

Politico: “Haley, who ‘often clashed with members of her party because she labeled them insufficiently conservative’ on abortion,

  • ‘co-sponsored legislation in 2009 mandating a 24-hour waiting period between a woman’s abortion consultation and the procedure itself’
  • ‘voted to end abortion coverage for victims of rape and incest in the state health plan for employees’
  • ‘signed the most conservative abortion bill South Carolina Republicans were able to pass through both chambers at the time,’ and the law did not include exceptions for rape and incest.”

Kirsten Welker: “Would you support a 15-week federal limit?”

Haley: “I would support anything that would pass.”

Haley: “Whatever we can get 60 Senate votes on, isn’t that better than what we have now? And if it’s– if it’s six weeks, that’s great. If it’s 15 weeks, that’s great.” 

Fox News: “Nikki Haley, 2024 Republican candidate, vows to sign federal abortion ban if elected president”

Haley: “Yes of course I would sign [a federal ban].”

New Hampshire Bulletin: “Sununu touts New Hampshire’s abortion ban on national podcast”

Sununu: “I’ve done more on the pro-life issue, if you will, than anyone. … Well, look, I’m the first governor in 40 years to sign an abortion ban. Republican governors before me never signed that. I’ve done more on the pro-life issue, if you will, than anyone. … We got that done. And that was a 40-year challenge, and we actually did it.”

Haley and Sununu both opposed the Affordable Care Act and railed against Medicaid expansion.

Jack Heath: “They’re going ahead and saying you would repeal the Affordable Care Act, would you?”

Haley: “It’s not about one small policy of, you know, Affordable Care Act. It’s about fixing the entire health care system.”

Haley: “We have fought Obamacare in South Carolina as much as we possibly could. We said no to the state exchanges. We said no to the Medicaid expansion. … They just turned and set every state back with this bill that we know did not work.”

Haley: “When it came to Obamacare, we didn’t just say ‘no,’ we said ‘never.’ … And we’re going to keep on fighting until we get people like [Senator Tim Scott] and everybody else in Congress to defund Obamacare.”

Haley: “We would end a disastrous health care program, and replace it with reforms that lowered costs and actually let you keep your doctor.”

NBC News: “Haley opposed efforts to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (South Carolina remains just one of 11 states that hasn’t expanded Medicaid to allow more Americans to have health insurance).”

Haley: ‘They’re trying to throw Obamacare and tell us that we have to bust our budgets and expand Medicaid. … Not in South Carolina. As long as I am the governor of South Carolina, we will not expand Medicaid on President Obama’s watch. We will not expand Medicaid ever.”

Sununu: “I say this as an employer with 800 employees, as an employer who is constantly battling Obamacare, which is a disaster, it has failed, and must be repealed — we in the private sector are constantly being pushed to push our employees onto public sector plans, whether it’s the healthcare exchange, whether it’s expanded Medicaid. There is all this incentive to go there. … It’s a failed idea and a failed system. … Expanded Medicaid is part of that problem.”

NHPR: “During the first month of a new Medicaid work requirement in New Hampshire, nearly 17,000 recipients were out of compliance, prompting Gov. Chris Sununu to announce Monday that the law’s penalties will be delayed through September.”

Haley and Sununu both want to put cuts for Social Security and Medicare on the table.

Associated Press: “Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley is proposing changes to entitlement programs for younger generations, opening the door to potential cuts to Social Security and Medicare if elected.”

Washington Post: “Nikki Haley, the former South Carolina governor and U. N. ambassador who is planning to announce her own presidential bid this month, also praised Ryan’s Medicare proposal at the time and said lawmakers should examine Medicare and Social Security spending to address federal debt.

“‘What they need to be doing is looking at entitlements,’ Haley said in a 2010 interview on Fox News. ‘Look at Social Security. Look at Medicaid. Look at Medicare. Look at these things, and let’s actually go to the heart of what is causing government to grow, and tackle that.’”

Haley: “Any candidate that says they’re not going to touch entitlements, means that they’re basically going to go into office and leave America bankrupt. … We change retirement age to reflect life expectancy.”

Andrew Ross Sorkin: “Are you on board with cutting entitlements in a big and meaningful way?”

Haley: “Social security goes bankrupt in 10 years, Medicare goes bankrupt in eight. Anyone that says they’re not going to take on entitlement reform means they’re going to go in and be president and leave the country bankrupt. You can’t do that.”

Semafor: “As governor of South Carolina at the time, Nikki Haley praised the [Paul Ryan] fiscal blueprint for ‘trying to bring common sense to this world of insanity.’”

NBC4: “‘A lot of different things that can be done, but something has to be done,’ Sununu said. ‘You can give people options in terms of either how to invest those dollars, the government tying [investments] to index funds, whatever it might be.’ Sununu said he was open to all reforms — including privatization — as long as dialogue was happening.”

Sununu: “​​The politics will take care of itself. So, you’ve got to get [reforming Medicare] done.”

Sununu: “We are constantly borrowing money from around the world to pay interest, which doesn’t make any sense. … But I don’t see a whole lot of change out of Washington to address [reforming Social Security].”

Haley and Sununu both support Trump’s MAGAnomics tax giveaways for the ultra-wealthy and big corporations, which Haley wants to make permanent after she spent years putting the rich and powerful over working families as governor. 

Haley: “Well I think what I’d like to see is us go back to what Trump had under the tax cuts under him … I was there.”

Aiken Standard: “Gov.-elect Nikki Haley, who takes office next week, campaigned on eliminating the state’s corporate income tax.”

Augusta Chronicle: “State budget advisers predict eliminating South Carolina’s corporate income tax over four years, as both Haley and House Republicans propose, would reduce state revenues by $61.6 million in the first year and $218.3 million annually when the phase-out is complete.”
WCAX: “Sununu calls Trump tax plan a win for Americans”