Nikki Haley in Fourth GOP presidential primary debate

On Families & Children: Must be 18 to change your gender

Gov. Ron DeSantis [to Haley]: I am sick of Republicans who are not willing to stand up and fight back against what the left is doing to this country. Other candidates like Nikki Haley, she caves anytime the left comes after her. I did a bill in Florida to stop the gender mutilation of minors; it's child abuse and it's wrong. She opposes that bill.

Gov. Nikki Haley: Ron continues to lie about my record. I actually said his "Don't Say Gay" bill didn't go far enough because it only talked about gender until the third grade and I said it shouldn't be done at all that, that's for parents to talk about.

DeSantis: It wasn't about the parents' rights and education bill. It was about prohibiting sex change operations on minors. They do puberty blockers, these are irreversible. That is what Nikki Haley opposed. She said the law shouldn't get involved in that.

Haley: If you have to be 18 to get a tattoo, you should have to be 18 to have anything done to change your gender.

Source: NewsNation 2023 Republican primary debate in Alabama Dec 6, 2023

On Families & Children: Private bathrooms instead of transgender girls' bathroom

Ron DeSantis: In South Carolina, they had a bill to try to say that men shouldn't go into girls' bathrooms and [Gov. Haley] killed that bill and she bragged that she killed that bill. I don't think men should be going into little girls' bathrooms and I think we have every right to protect them from that.

Nikki Haley: When I was governor, 10 years ago when the bathroom situation came up, we had maybe a handful of kids that were dealing with an issue and I said we don't need to bring government into this, but boys go into boys' bathrooms, girls go into girls' bathrooms and if anyone else has an issue, they use a private bathroom. Now 10 years later we see that this issue has exploded and this shows how hypocritical Ron continues to be. When he was running for governor and they asked him about that, he said he didn't think bathroom bills were a good use of his time.

Ron DeSantis: I signed a bathroom bill in Florida, so that's obviously not true. I signed it, you didn't. You killed it.

Source: NewsNation 2023 Republican primary debate in Alabama Dec 6, 2023

On Foreign Policy: Iran, China, and Russia want to destroy the West

What worries me more than anything else, America right now is acting like it's September 10th. We better remember what September 12th felt like because it only takes one. And whether you're looking at open borders that are allowing people to come in, Iran knows the easiest way to get to America is through the southern border, and we're not doing anything to stop it.

We've got to get the foreign infiltration out of our country, whether it's in our schools, whether it's on our social media, whether it's we need to stop all foreign lobbying that's happening to members of Congress, and we need to start America again. Until we do that, we are going to be at threats.

We've got to look at, Iran, China and Russia want to destroy the West. We have to start acting strong again. We've got to start protecting Americans. Right now, Americans don't feel protected, and we're not doing anything to strengthen it. So, Joe Biden continues to be a problem, that'll change on election day.

Source: NewsNation 2023 Republican primary debate in Alabama Dec 6, 2023

On Free Trade: End trade relations with China until fentanyl stopped

When you talk about fentanyl, yes, I think we should send special operations over and take out the cartels. I think we should do a remain-in-Mexico policy, so they never step foot in US soil in the first place, but look at where fentanyl came from. It came from China. That's why we need to end all normal trade relations with China until they stop murdering Americans with fentanyl. I promise you, they need our economy. They will immediately stop that, but this is where Trump went wrong. Trump was good on trade, but that's all he was with China because here he allowed fentanyl to continue to come over. He continued to allow them to take… He would give them technology that would build up their military and hurt us. He allowed the Chinese infiltration for them to buy up farmland, to put money in our universities, and to continue to do things that were harmful for America. We now have a spy base in Cuba and police stations and Trump didn't do anything about it.
Source: NewsNation 2023 Republican primary debate in Alabama Dec 6, 2023

On Immigration: End incentives like temporary protected status

Q: You have pledged to catch and deport all migrants who are here in this country illegally, but then you said you will not deport those who are working and paying taxes rather than feeding off the system. Which is it?

Nikki Haley: What I said is all of the 7 or 8 million illegals that have come under Biden's watch absolutely have to go back. We have to stop the incentive of what's bringing them over here in the first place. Biden just gave temporary protective status to 500,000 Venezuelans. That's a half a million social security cards; half a million driver's licenses. And I know from my time at the U.N., the first thing they do is pick up the phone and say, "We came over, come on over." You have to go and deport these people, so they know it can't happen again. For those that have been here longer than that, we've got to start seeing, who is it? How long have they been here? Have they been vetted? Have they paid taxes? Have they been working? And figure out who else is out there.

Source: NewsNation 2023 Republican primary debate in Alabama Dec 6, 2023

On Immigration: Restrict terrorist immigration, not Muslim immigration

Q: Donald Trump recently promised to expand his program restricting immigration from Muslim countries:

(Trump on video): No longer will we allow dangerous lunatics, haters, bigots, and maniacs to get residency in our country. We're not going to let them stay here. If you empathize with radical Islamic, terrorists and extremists, you're disqualified.

Q: Do you support President Trump's plan for ideological screening?

Nikki Haley: Well, I don't think that you have a straight-up Muslim ban, as much as you look at the countries that have terrorist activity that want to hurt Americans. You can ban those people from those countries, that's the way we should look at it is which countries are a threat to us. What worries me the most are those that came from Iran, from Yemen, from Lebanon, those areas where they say "Death to America." That's where you want to be careful. It's not about a religion, it's about a fact that certain countries are dangerous and are threats to us.

Source: NewsNation 2023 Republican primary debate in Alabama Dec 6, 2023

On Technology: Freedom of speech for Americans, not bots on social media

Q: What about the requirement that every anonymous internet user needs to out themselves?

Vivek RAMASWAMY: Nikki Haley says that every American needs to be doxxed by having their ID tied to what they say on the internet. The only person more fascist than the Biden regime now is Nikki Haley. You can put lipstick on a Dick Cheney; it is still a fascist neocon.

Gov. Nikki Haley: What I said was that social media companies need to show us their algorithms. There are millions of bots on social media right now. They're foreign; they're Chinese; they're Iranian, I will always fight for freedom of speech for Americans. We do not need freedom of speech for Russians and Iranians. We need social media companies to fight back on all of these bots. As a mom, do I think that social media would be more civil if we went and had people's names next to that? Yes, I do think that because I think we've got too much cyber bullying & child pornography, but I never said government should require anyone's name.

Source: NewsNation 2023 Republican primary debate in Alabama Dec 6, 2023

On Technology: Anti-Zionism is part of anti-Semitism, and so is TikTok

Q: Asked whether pro-Palestinian protestors calling for the genocide of the Jews would violate school policies against harassment and intimidation, three college presidents said it would depend on the context--do you agree?

Nikki Haley: If this had been the KKK that was doing protests on those campuses, every one of those college presidents would've been up in arms. This is just as bad. That kind of pro-Hamas protest--or genocide of Jews--to say that they needed context on that, there is no context to that. Biden made a mistake not including anti-Zionism in the definition of anti-Semitism. If you don't think that Israel has a right to exist, that is anti-Semitic. We will change the definition so that every government, every school has to acknowledge the definition for what it is. We really do need to ban TikTok, and let me tell you why. For every 30 minutes that someone watches TikTok, every day, they become 17% more anti-Semitic, more pro-Hamas based on doing that.

Source: NewsNation 2023 Republican primary debate in Alabama Dec 6, 2023

On War & Peace: Go hard after Iranian infrastructure in Syria & Iraq

Q: You said in last month's debate that by contrast to the Biden administration's approach to Iran, you would, "Punch them once and punch them hard." Were you saying that it's time to bomb Iran?

Haley: No, I was not saying it's time to bomb Iran. But I dealt with Iran every day when I was at the United Nations and they only respond to strength. What they don't respond to is when you weaken the sanctions like they did on Iran that allowed China to send them billions to fill their proxies, what they don't respond to is when you give $6 billion for five hostages, that only makes them want more hostages. What they don't respond to is when they do 140 strikes on our men and women in Syria and Iraq and we do nothing but just some small shots back. You've got to punch them, you've got to punch them hard and let them know that, that's the only way they're going to respond. So the way you do that is you go after their infrastructure in Syria and Iraq where they're hitting our soldiers.

Source: NewsNation 2023 Republican primary debate in Alabama Dec 6, 2023

On War & Peace: Win in Ukraine to protect Taiwan

If you look at the fact Russia was losing that war with Ukraine, Putin had hit rock bottom, they had raised the draft age to 65, he was getting drones from Iran. All of a sudden, Hamas goes and invades Israel and butchers those people on Putin's birthday. There is no one happier right now than Putin because all of the attention America had on Ukraine suddenly went to Israel. And that's what they were hoping is going to happen. We need to make sure that we have full clarity that there is a reason again that Taiwanese want to help Ukrainians because they know if Ukraine wins, China won't invade Taiwan. There's a reason the Ukrainians want to help Israelis because they know that if Iran wins, Russia wins, these are all connected. But what wins all of that is a strong America, not a weak America, and that's what Joe Biden's given us.
Source: NewsNation 2023 Republican primary debate in Alabama Dec 6, 2023

On War & Peace: Win in Ukraine to protect Taiwan from China

When it comes to China and Taiwan, the one way that we keep China from going into Taiwan is, one, make sure that we win in Ukraine, that we protect our friends, but also let China know that there'll be hell to pay if they go into Taiwan. They need to know that there is going to be a force that's going to go against them and they need to know it's not just going to be the United States. That is why we need to build our partnerships with India, with South Korea, with Japan, with the Philippines, with Australia. We need to start pulling that alliance together.

If China pulled the rug out from under us tomorrow, would we be ready? Think about what happened during COVID. Everybody told you to wear a mask, they were made in China. Everything that happened, if you go to the drugstore, all those medicines are made in China. We have to make sure that we are not relying on China for anything related to our national security, which means let's start focusing on doing deals with our friends now.

Source: NewsNation 2023 Republican primary debate in Alabama Dec 6, 2023

On Welfare & Poverty: Younger people can't get mortgages because of Fed actions

Q: Homeownership is increasingly out of reach for younger Americans. This year, mortgage rates reached 30-year highs. Should the federal government do something to make homes more affordable?

Haley: Well, you're exactly right. My daughter just got married and I saw how hard it was for her and her husband to buy a home. Right now, the average homeowner in America is 49 years old. You've got young people everywhere, that used to be the American dream and now it's out of reach, but you look at what happened. Look at what the Fed did. The Fed did a terrible job when they allowed all of that money to go through. You saw the Treasury bond rates go up, that affected mortgage rates, and so now we have a high interest rate. And so, what you have is a lot of younger people who one, can't afford a home, but two, the banks aren't lending them any money. They've made the regulations so hard that they don't want to give loans on mortgages anymore. So, what we have to do is we have to open it up.

Source: NewsNation 2023 Republican primary debate in Alabama Dec 6, 2023

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