Nikki Haley Calls For Mental Competency Test For 75 Or Older Politicians

Nikki Haley, the former Governor of South Carolina and UN ambassador, who announced her 2024 presidential bid Tuesday has already made waves with her newest presidential goals. During Haley’s campaign kickoff event Wednesday, she listed off a few policies. One being a competency check for politicians over the age of 75.

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During her speech Wednesday Haley said,

“In the America I see, the permanent politician will finally retire,” Haley said. “We’ll have term limits for Congress and mandatory mental competency tests for politicians over 75 years old.”

This comes as both sides of the aisle have expressed frustration with the age of their lawmakers. This new rule, if Haley gets her way, would affect both Biden and Trump.

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During Haley’s campaign announcement video Tuesday, she emphasized the need for a new generation. This is an idea that the younger members of the party have seemed to highlight quite a bit recently. She said, in specific, “it’s time for a new generation of leadership. America is not past its prime, it’s just that our politicians are past theirs.”

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We will see what happens with Haley’s rule and her campaign as she is only the second Republican to officially enter the 2024 presidential race. This comes second to former President Trump’s announcement at the end of last year. Though other potential candidates include former Vice President Mike Pence, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and current Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.


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