- Former governor and UN ambassador Nikki Haley is running for president in 2024.
- A campaign ad focuses on her husband, who is on a yearlong deployment with the National Guard.
- The couple, who met at Clemson University as teenagers, have two children, Rena and Nalin.
Nikki Haley is spotlighting her husband, Michael, and his service with the National Guard in a new campaign ad.
“When Michael returned from Afghanistan, loud noises startled him,” the 2024 Republican presidential candidate says in the video. “He couldn’t be in crowds. The transition was hard.”
Michael Haley, a major in the South Carolina Army National Guard, was deployed for the first time while his wife was the state’s governor. The ad, which CBS News reported on Friday will be broadcast on cable networks, radio, and digital platforms in Iowa and New Hampshire, shows footage of his return in 2013.
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He was deployed again this year — this time to Africa — meaning he will be abroad for much of his wife’s campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.
In June, Nikki Haley joked at CNN’s town hall that he “seems to find really interesting times” to be called to serve in the National Guard.
“We’re so proud,” she said at the time. “Deployments are never convenient, but they’re necessary.”
Here’s a closer look at Nikki Haley’s family, including husband Michael, their children, and her parents.