Republican senator who voted to convict Trump endorses Nikki Haley | EUROtoday

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One of the seven Republican senators who voted to convict Donald Trump for inciting a riot on the US Capitol on January 6 endorsed Nikki Haley’s bid for president.

Lisa Murkowski, the senior senator from Alaska, introduced her assist for the previous governor of South Carolina and US ambassador to the United Nations.

“America needs someone with the right values, vigor, and judgment to serve as our next President—and in this race, there is no one better than her,” Ms Murkowski mentioned in an announcement. “Nikki will be a strong leader and uphold the ideals of the Republican Party while serving as a President for all Americans.”

Murkowski is one among solely 4 Republicans left within the Senate who voted to convict Mr Trump after three of them resigned. Utah Senator Mitt Romney, whom Ms Haley supported within the 2012 Republican presidential major, will retire on the finish of the yr.

The endorsement comes although Ms Haley has did not win a single major contest. So far, just one member of the US House of Representatives – Representative Ralph Norman of South Carolina – has endorsed her run.

Ms Haley thanked Ms Murkowski for the endorsement.

“Murkowski represents the best of Alaska—she is a trailblazer and a strong, independent voice who doesn’t bow down to the powers that be in Washington,” Ms Haley mentioned in an announcement. “As president, I will fight to make Alaskans—and all Americans—proud by restoring fiscal sanity, energy dominance, and limited government.”

Ms Murkwoski has damaged together with her celebration on a number of events, together with on abortion rights. She additionally voted in opposition to Senate Republicans and Mr Trump’s efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, generally often known as Obamacare.

After her vote to convict Mr Trump, the one-term president endorsed Ms Murkowski’s major challenger Kelly Tshibaka. But Ms Murkowski gained re-election largely due to Alaska’s ranked-choice voting system.

During Joe Biden’s presidency, she voted for the bipartisan infrastructure invoice, gun management and the Respect for Marriage Act, which supplied protections for same-sex and interracial married {couples}.

Ms Murkowski additionally voted to verify Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court and ranked Democrat Mary Peltola first within the 2022 election.

But she can be a supporter of Alaska’s oil trade and voted for the Trump tax cuts, which allowed for drilling within the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a significant precedence for the state’s oil corporations. She additionally voted to make Ms Haley US ambassador to the UN.

Ms Haley has insisted she is going to keep within the race regardless of shedding her house state of South Carolina to Mr Trump by double digits. She additionally made a poor displaying in Michigan on Tuesday.

Alaska, together with a bunch of different states, will maintain its major contest subsequent week on Super Tuesday.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/murkowski-trump-haley-endorsement-republican-b2505666.html