Haley and Pence in 2020?

The story of the defiant Nikki Haley has morphed into a story of a Haley Pence collusion for the Presidency in 2020. It’s hard to know how seriously to take it.

Reportedly, some Republicans are hoping for a Haley Pence alliance in 2020.

The story of the defiant Nikki Haley has morphed into a story of a Haley Pence collusion for the Presidency in 2020. It’s hard to know how seriously to take it.

The media is still trying to sort out if the conflict over Russia sanctions was the fault of Haley or of someone else. The latest indicates that she was indeed led to think that sanctions would by announced soon. But there’s also hints that she spoke too definitively about the timeline.

The Atlanta Jounal-Constitution reports, “Sanctions flap erupts into open conflict between Haley and the White House.” The story says that after she denied being confused, as Larry Kudlow had claimed. Kudlow back-pedaled or, at least, clarified his meaning.

Kudlow then called Haley to apologize. “She was certainly not confused,” Kudlow told The New York Times by telephone. “I was wrong to say that — totally wrong.”

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He added: “As it turns out, she was basically following what she thought was policy. The policy was changed and she wasn’t told about it, so she was in a box.”

The argument that Haley had merely gotten out ahead of a decision was undercut by the fact that the White House itself had sent out word to surrogates on Saturday — the day before her remarks — letting them know that it had decided to take punitive action against Moscow.

“We also intend to impose specific additional sanctions against Russia to respond to Moscow’s ongoing support for the Assad regime, which has enabled the regime’s atrocities against the Syrian people,” said a document distributed by the Republican National Committee that was titled “White House talking points.”

And yet an administration official said there was a quick recognition on Sunday that Haley had gone too far in her remarks on “Face the Nation” on CBS.

This official said that the State Department called an aide to Haley shortly after she appeared on the show, to suggest she issue a correction. Haley’s aide replied that her office was considering a correction, but none was ever released. Instead, the White House was left to say the next day that no sanctions had been approved.

But this leads to that part of the story that is being “whispered” about.

Republicans close to the White House whisper about the prospect of an alliance between Haley and Vice President Mike Pence, possibly to run as a ticket in 2020.


The talk was exacerbated in recent days when Pence named Jon Lerner, Haley’s deputy, as his new national security adviser, while allowing him to keep his job at the United Nations.

That plan collapsed within 48 hours when Trump grew angry at reports that Lerner had made anti-Trump ads for the Club of Growth, an economic conservative advocacy group, during Republican primaries in 2016. Lerner stepped down from the job in Pence’s office.

Could this be true? Pence has been the subject of stories before about a 2020 run (this was before Trump announced that he was running for re-election).

I doubt Pence would run in 2020. Haley, on the other hand, seems like she would not hesitate if she thought she could win.

Could she talk Pence into joining her?

What do you think?

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