Haley has six years of experience as a governor. As Ambassador to the UN she was a standout on the international stage. She is young. She has solid experience. She is a mother. She has center-right conservative bona fides. She is a woman of color. She is attractive. She is an excellent speaker and unflappable debater. Her husband is a Major in the Army National Guard who has deployed to Afghanistan.
Last October Haley announced in the Oval Office, seated beside President Donald Trump, that she would leave her post as UN Ambassador. NPR reported at the time of her resignation, “She did not say what she will do next, except that it will be in the private sector.” Since Haley’s departure she has not taken a position with any private firm, but instead has positioned herself for a presidential run. Her finances are improving as she commands $200,000 for speaking engagements.