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Former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley, who is running for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024, has distanced herself from proposals for a nationwide ban on abortion, claiming that to offer the American people such a universal barrier to terminations would be to tell a lie.

In an interview with CBS News’ Face the Nation on Sunday, Haley refrained from endorsing a countrywide ban through legislative legislation in contrast to some of her other probable Republican competitors for the presidency. She argued that each state should have the freedom to impose its own restrictions on abortion.

“There are some states that have been pro-life — I welcome that,” she remarked. “I wish that weren’t the case, but certain states have erred on the side of abortion. We must ensure that the voices of the people are heard.

Haley, 51, has a strong record of supporting the Republican Party’s anti-abortion side. She enacted a clause that forbids abortions beyond 20 weeks, with no exceptions for rape or incest, while serving as governor of South Carolina.

After the US Supreme Court overturned the national right to an abortion in June of last year, that statute became operative.

The Republican nominee for president is currently making an effort to soften that reputation despite her harsh stance by distancing herself from ideas of a federal ban. Republican message on abortion, which is sharply at odds with the widespread pro-choice sentiments of American public opinion, was largely blamed for the party’s underwhelming performance in the midterm elections in November.

On Sunday, Haley, who served as Donald Trump’s ambassador to the UN at that time, cited the US Senate’s filibuster as the cause of her reluctance to enact a federal ban. According to its provisions, such a ban could only be approved with 60 votes.

The 100-member Senate has a minority of Republicans by two seats.

She replied, “We have to give the American people the truth. “You would need a president, a majority of the House, and 60 votes in the Senate to pass a national standard. Since 1900, there haven’t been 60 senators who support life.

Therefore, it is not being honest with the American people, the speaker said, to think that a Republican president could outlaw all abortions.

The limits of Haley’s interaction with Republican rivals will be somewhat defined by her conflicted stance on abortion, which is anti-abortion at the state level but equivocal at the federal level. She is one of the four Republican candidates for president who have publicly announced their candidatures, with a number of others awaiting their turn.

Haley began running for president in February, branding herself as the leader of a “new generation.” She has, however, had trouble establishing herself thus far due to her poor name recognition among the general public and her 4.2% approval rating in the Real Clear Politics rolling average of the polls.

The abortion debate is being played out among other potential Republican candidates. Trump repeatedly avoided answering the question of whether he would support a nationwide ban on abortion during this week’s tense CNN town hall, instead sticking to platitudes like, “President Trump is going to make a determination what he thinks is great for the country and what’s fair for the country.”

When it comes to Trump, who is still the undisputed Republican front-runner, Haley continues to exercise extreme caution. Face the Nation contacted me for commentShe lied about the fact that Trump was last week convicted guilty of assaulting E Jean Carroll sexually.

“There’s been a verdict, and I believe there’s been an appeal, and I think the American people need to make their decision based on that,” she added.

Tim Scott, a Republican from South Carolina who is considering a bid for president, has advocated a nationwide ban on abortions after 20 weeks. The Florida governor of the Republican party, Ron DeSantis, has allied himself with ardent opponents of abortion and just spent the weekend in Iowa, a crucial early voting state.

He enacted a severe ban on abortion in April, which takes effect at six weeks—before many women even realise they are pregnant.

As both candidates lag far behind Trump in the polls, Haley and DeSantis have been sparring more often in recent weeks. Haley called the Florida governor “thin-skinned” over his spat with Disney, and she invited the media mogul to relocate Disney World to South Carolina.

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