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Can't chance Kamala Harris as president: Indian-origin Nikki Haley fires salvo

Republican Presidential candidate Nikki Haley stepped up her attack on Democratic rival Kamala Harris, saying that the possibility of Harris becoming the Commander-in-Chief of the United States would send a 'chill down the American spine'. These remarks became the latest episode in the rivalry between the two Indian-origin American politicians."My concern is we cannot have Kamala Harris as president. We can't chance this. We have to make sure that we have a new generational leader who's going to bring in not only Republicans, but we're also going to pull back the independents," Haley, who was also a governor of South Carolina, said. Her comments came after she was suggested that President Biden wouldn't finish his term in the White House. "We're going to bring back the suburban women, we're going to bring in Hispanics. We're going to bring in the Asian community. We have to make sure we win this, because the thought of Kamala Harris being president should send a chill up every American spine," she told Fox News. The former diplomat had criticised Harris on multiple occasions as "incompetent," "unbelievably extremist," and "not qualified to be president."In her first Republican Primary debate, she said Harris should not be chosen for the top post even if Democrats win in 2024. Commenting on the Democratic lineup for the election, Nikki said last week, "anybody is better than Kamala Harris." She alleged that President Biden and Vice President Kamala are "the ones who left us in a situation where our kids are not going to forgive."Haley's attacks on Harris are viewed as part of her strategy to position herself as the most viable alternative to President Biden in the Republican Party.Meanwhile, she also cautioned against electing former President Donald Trump. "The fact is, I don't know if it's four or five or six, or how many indictments it is now, but he's going to spend a lot of time in a courtroom and not on a campaign trail," Haley said.