Nikki Haley on McConnell: 'We’ve got to have a new generation'

Nikki Haley on McConnell: 'We’ve got to have a new generation'

Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, a 2024 GOP candidate, shared her thoughts Sunday on U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-Kentucky) recent health scare and whether the longtime Republican leader should maintain his role, The Messenger reports.

For nearly 20 seconds, the 81-year-old senator suddenly froze mid-sentence during a news conference earlier this week, before eventually returning about ten minutes later to resume interview.

Despite colleagues' concerns around whether the GOP leader should resign, a spokesperson for McConnell told Politico said he "plans to serve his full term in the job they overwhelmingly elected him to do."

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Lauding the senator as "a great leader," Haley told Face the Nation moderator Margaret Brennan Sunday, "We've got to stop electing people because they look good in a picture or they hold a baby well. We've got to stop electing people because we like them and they've been there a long time. That's actually the problem."

Haley went on to say, "We've got to have a new generation."

The 2024 Republican hopeful was reiterating her statement made during a major Iowa GOP fundraising event last month: "It's time for a new-generation leader. We've got to leave the baggage of the negativity behind," Haley said.

READ MORE: Mitch McConnell vows to 'serve his full term' despite health scares: report

The Messenger's full report is available at this link.

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