Haley voters, Trump doesn’t want you, new Biden ad says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Joe Biden‘s re-election campaign speaks directly to supporters of former Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haleywho was the last major opponent of Donald Trump before withdrawing from the race earlier this month.

“Nikki Haley voters, Donald Trump doesn’t want your vote,” Biden said Friday in a social media post that included a link to a new ad from his campaign. “I want to be clear: there is a place for you in my campaign.”

The ad shows video clips of Trump calling Haley a “birdbrain” and rejecting her candidacy.

“She’s gone crazy, she’s a very angry person,” Trump said in a video of his former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

Representatives for Haley and Trump did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Haley stayed in her presidential race as other Trump challengers dropped out, promising policies that appealed to Republicans who had rejected Trump.

Nearly 570,000 voters in three key battleground states – Nevada, North Carolina and Michigan – cast ballots for Haley in the race for the Republican nomination, a small but potentially large group in races that have been decided by tiny margins in recent elections.

Many Haley voters wonder if they still have a place in the Republican Party, which has united around Trump, despite his repeated lies about his 2020 election victory over Biden and the January 6, 2021, riots at the Capitol American.

Biden, 81, will need all the support he can get. He faced concerns about his age and fitness for a second four-year term. Recent Reuters/Ipsos polls show his approval rating at 40% and he is in a tight race with Trump, 77, ahead of the Nov. 5 election.

(Reporting by Steve Holland and Tim Reid; Editing by Heather Timmons and Bill Berkrot)

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