On the eve of South Carolina’s Democratic primary, a new campaign is trying to convince voters in the state to support the presidential candidate who is also a former secretary of state.
Nikki Haley has been invited to speak at a university in Columbia, and the event is expected to draw thousands of people.
But for a campaign that is trying so hard to paint Nikki Haley as a force for change, the speech is likely to be overshadowed by the controversy over her remarks to student protesters last week, when she claimed that women are often denied access to healthcare because they are Muslim.
Nikki said: “If you’re a woman, you’re going to need to take a look at your hijab and ask yourself whether you really want to be in that environment.”
Ms Haley has also been criticized for saying: “There’s nothing that women should have to fear when it comes to health care”.
But Ms Haley’s campaign said she did not mean to use the term “healthcare” to describe healthcare, and said it was “offensive to those who feel that women in particular are being excluded”.
“The President of the United States is the leader of the free world, she is a woman and we should all be proud of her leadership,” said campaign spokeswoman Jennifer Carr.
“The speech will be part of the broader conversation around what a woman’s place in America is and the importance of healthcare for women.”
Nikki Haley, pictured in South Carolinas in March 2016, has been criticized over her controversial remarks.
“Women should be able to be healthy, and they should be treated like everyone else,” she said at the time.
But the former governor and secretary of State is now facing accusations that she is “misogynistic” for suggesting that women might not be as qualified for public healthcare as men.
In her speech at the University of South Columbia, Ms Haley said women had “no place in the workforce” and that the “job market for women is very hard to find” in the US.
“You might think that the reason women are not as qualified as men is because they aren’t as willing to work for their families and to provide for themselves, but this is a fact that has to be put in the context of our history,” she added.
She said women should not have to worry about “losing the health insurance they need to get the best healthcare for themselves and their families” because of their religion.
Ms Haley also suggested that women who have been assaulted or raped in their lives were “totally justified” in asking for medical help, and urged women to “speak out about this”.
The former governor also claimed that a lack of access to birth control for women and the lack of insurance coverage for contraceptive services “isn’t an argument against abortion”.
Ms Haley is the first woman to be invited to deliver a speech at a South Carolina university.
The event is part of a nationwide tour that is aimed at highlighting the need for women to get involved in politics.
It has attracted a wave of interest from Republican politicians who are trying to woo voters in states where the Democratic Party is expected in the November general election.
The tour is sponsored by the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which has been raising money for the tour through its online fundraising platform. “
And that’s where we can be successful.”
The tour is sponsored by the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which has been raising money for the tour through its online fundraising platform.
Mr McKeons campaign told ABC that it was a “no-brainer” for the campaign to invite Ms Haley, and that it wanted to “put the spotlight on the issues that are important to the people of South Carolins primary state”.
“It was important to bring Nikki Haley to Columbia for the opportunity to talk about healthcare and make a positive statement about women and women’s healthcare,” Mr McEon said.
“We’re working with the Columbia chapter of RGA to bring her to Columbia to speak to the students and faculty at the Columbia University.”
The university said it had not been asked by the campaign for permission to host Ms Haley.
Ms Sarah Kendzior, the president of Columbia University Students, said she was not surprised by the invitation because Ms Haley had been a vocal supporter of the Democratic party.
“She has been a supporter of Democrats, she’s supported women’s issues and she has been outspoken about the need to address the needs of women.””
She has been a supporter of Democrats, she’s supported women’s issues and she has been outspoken about the need to address the needs of women.”