Nikki Haley, former South Carolina governor and 2024 Republican presidential candidate, recently emphasized the need for the United States to embrace its foundational faith during a campaign event in Iowa. Speaking at the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition Town Hall, Haley stressed the importance of these principles in revitalizing American society.
Haley expressed her concern, saying, "That's what is wrong with our country. We've lost that faith in God, faith in the American people, faith in our spirit." She believes that the decline in these values has had a detrimental impact on the nation.
Speaking about the importance of faith, family and personal responsibility, Haley praised the opportunity for parents to instill these virtues in their children. She emphasized the role of faith in shaping individuals and society as a whole, saying, "We're going to keep talking about that because we have a country to save, and we can't do it without faith."
The Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition Town Hall event provided a platform for several GOP presidential candidates, including Haley, to connect with evangelical leaders and address topics of importance to the faith community. The event drew a sizable audience, reflecting the influence of evangelical voters in the state.
Haley spoke of "...the time when our parents raised us to be responsible individuals, where we went to school and learned how to be successful and where we went to church, and we found our faith and our conscience."
Throughout the event, candidates were frequently asked about the role of faith in their public service. Haley shared a personal experience from her time as South Carolina's governor, recounting how she turned to faith for strength and guidance after a tragic shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston.
"I remember one day getting on my knees and saying, 'God, I can't do this by myself. I need You,'" Haley shares. "And the strength and grace that He showed me, I will tell you, was a defining moment in my life. Because it was the only way that I was able to pull through and get through it."
Haley also stood firmly on the issue of abortion, emphasizing her pro-life stance. She believes in speaking candidly about this controversial topic and providing the American people with truthful information. She shared a personal connection to the pro-life cause, mentioning that her husband was adopted, and she faced challenges in having her own children.
"I am unapologetically pro-life, not because the Republican Party tells me to be but because my husband was adopted, and I had trouble having both of my children," Haley said during her last sit-down interview with Ralph Reed of the Faith and Freedom Coalition.
"I am surrounded by miracles and blessings" she concludes.
In the midst of a competitive presidential campaign, Nikki Haley's call to faith and family values resonates with those who believe that the removal of God from government and society has contributed to the decline of Western culture.
As candidates continue to address these critical issues, the role of faith in shaping the nation's future remains a crucial topic of discussion.
James Lasher is Staff Writer for Charisma Media.
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