What my 2009 interview with Nikki Haley tells me about 2024

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What my 2009 interview with Nikki Haley tells me about 2024


As longtime readers know, I spent decades interviewing candidates for the House and Senate. I also interviewed gubernatorial candidates when they were in Washington to meet with a campaign committee or fundraise.

Most of the interviews took place at the Roll Call offices, and many included Charlie Cook, Amy Walter and Nathan Gonzalez after he joined me at The Rothenberg Political Report (now Inside Elections with Nathan Gonzalez).

I didn’t keep all the notes from those interviews, and my scribbles wouldn’t mean much to many people anyway. But I came across my notes from a 2009 interview with someone who is preparing to run for president — former South Carolina governor and UN ambassador Nikki Haley. I thought you might enjoy a peek into this meeting of the candidates, as well as my assessments of her prospects then and now.

My interview with Haley took place on June 22, 2009, relatively early in her campaign for governor. (The primary election was on June 8, 2010, and the runoff was on June 22n.d.)

Interviews always started with personal details (eg date of birth, place of birth, parents’ occupation, education, etc.) before moving on to work history, past political experience, race details, general basics of primary and/or or general election and the candidate’s position on the issues.


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