DES MOINES, Iowa – The Republican Party of Iowa announced Thursday that former South Carolina Governor and U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley will headline their annual Lincoln Dinner in Des Moines on Thursday, June 24, 2021.
The Iowa GOP said that information for purchasing tickets will be provided at a later date.
“I am thrilled that Ambassador Haley accepted our invitation,” Jeff Kaufmann, the Republican Party of Iowa Chairman, said. “Getting Iowans fired up to take back the Senate and the House in 2022 is our number one priority right now and we are proud to have Ambassador Haley in this fight with us. What we see coming from the Democrat Party is all about consolidating power, and it’s going to take a grassroots movement to defeat them.”
Haley served three terms in the South Carolina House of Representatives before her election as the 116th and first female Governor of South Carolina in 2010. In 2017, before her second term was up, Haley was appointed to serve as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations by President Donald Trump. In that role, she was known as a staunch defender of Israel and led the United States to withdraw from the United Nations Human Rights Council in protest of the dubious human rights records of several member countries, and what she said was its chronic bias toward Israel. She was also an outspoken critic of Iran and its sponsorship of terrorism. She resigned to enter private life at the end of 2018 serving almost two years.
This is not Haley’s first trip to Iowa. She headlined U.S. Senator Joni Ernst’s Roast and Ride in 2019. She is considered a prospective candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024 and recently formed a political action committee called Stand For America. Her visit in June further stokes speculation about a prospective candidacy.
Haley has criticized Trump’s actions before he left office in January but has also said that she would support Trump and not run if he decides to run in 2024.