Immediately After Debate Nikki Haley Reiterates Top Priorities: Banning Abortion Nationwide and Gutting Social Security and Medicare 

On the heels of last night’s debate, Nikki Haley has wasted no time in reminding voters of her biggest priorities: banning abortion nationwide and gutting Social Security and Medicare for future generations. 

Minutes after hopping off the debate stage, Nikki Haley threw her support behind a national abortion ban – doubling down on the same extreme anti-abortion agenda as the rest of the 2024 GOP field. 

Haley: “When it comes to a federal bill, I think there is a place for that.” 

Haley: “I think there is a place for a federal law.” 

This comes as no surprise considering she signed an extreme abortion ban that made no exceptions for rape or incest and threatened doctors with jail time for providing care for their patients. 

TIME: “The law passed the General Assembly last week and blocks women from having abortions after 19 weeks of pregnancy, with no exceptions for rape or incest. Doctors who violate the law could face a fine or jail time.” 

Newsweek: “Haley described herself as ‘very pro-life; and has spent most of her political career fighting for anti-abortion legislation, including signing a law as South Carolina governor in 2016 banning the procedure in most circumstances…”

And while Haley didn’t get a chance to remind Americans of her shameless campaign to end Social Security and Medicare as we know it on the stage last night, she wasted no time in setting her extreme record straight this morning. 

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…The way we deal with it, is we don’t touch anyone’s retirement or anyone who’s been promised in, but we go to people like my kids in their 20s when they’re coming into the system and we say the rules have changed. We change the retirement age to reflect life expectancy.”

Haley has spent over a decade supporting plans that would end these vital programs for retirees, people with disabilities, and other vulnerable groups as we know it. 

Washington Post: “Nikki Haley, the former South Carolina governor and United Nations 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.’”

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.’”