Why The Nikki Haley Media Blitz?
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley isn’t running for vice president, and she’s all over the media making sure people know that.
Earlier this week she was on ABC’s The View discussing how Republican women “don’t care about contraception.” She’s been on Fox And Friends calling President Barack Obama a bully. She even told the New York Times that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was her inspiration to run for office.
The impetus for the sudden burst into the limelight isn’t to vie for vice president, but to publicize her new memoir, “Can’t is Not an Option.”
Then again, doesn’t everyone put out a book right before they run for higher office? Ask Marco Rubio.
Of course, Haley has a need to rebuild her own image that this media blitz gives her an opportunity to take on. She’s been slightly hurt by the resignation of her lieutenant governor due to impeding indictment, although they weren’t a joint election ticket. And recently rumors were swirling that she was involved in a tax scandal over a temple run by her father, which turned out to be false.
The blitz is no doubt cushioning her from all allegations of impropriety as well as giving her a chance to tell her story and define herself again before these other plotlines do it for her. No wonder she’s in such a rush to hit every outlet.
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