No Labels made an offer to Nikki Haley to join their third-party presidential ticket and was immediately shot down by the Haley campaign.
“If Gov. Haley does not succeed in obtaining the Republican nomination for president and she declares any interest in being part of our bipartisan unity ticket, I’m sure the people at No Labels would give that the most serious consideration, but obviously she’s not done that because she’s an active Republican candidate for president,” said Lieberman, a former Senator.
“Nikki has no interest in No Labels, she’s happy with the Republican label,” Haley spokesperson Olivia Perez-Cubas said in a text message.
But it’s clear that No Labels views Haley positively, whether on their ticket or as the GOP standard-bearer. Two people familiar with the group’s thinking, who were granted anonymity to speak candidly, said that No Labels would prefer that Haley win the GOP nomination since she’s a mainstream Republican. If Haley won the nomination, the group would likely not run a No Labels ticket.
Nikki Haley should have zero interest in No Labels because the ticket that they are threatening to run is doomed. It is unclear whether No Labels can get on the ballot. Joe Lieberman’s comments also suggest that No Labels doesn’t actually have a plan or candidates in mind.
No Labels has struggled to drum up enthusiasm for a third-party spoiler ticket. Not many people are interested in supporting an effort that could help put Donald Trump back in the White House. No Labels has also apparently misjudged the attitude among potential Biden supporters toward their effort. Democrats and Democratic leaners aren’t looking to dump President Biden.
Someone like Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) leading a third-party ticket doesn’t get the political blood flowing.
The idea that No Labels floated the possibility of joining the ticket to Nikki Haley suggests that the floundering effort is starting to get a little desperate.
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