CV NEWS FEED // Presidential candidate Nikki Haley said in a CNN interview that Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-AL, is making a “mistake” by holding the promotions of military officers in response to the Department of Defense’s (DoD) pro-abortion policy.
“We don’t need to be using military families as political pawns,” Haley told “State of the Union” co-host Jake Tapper Sunday.
“That’s a mistake,” she continued. “The military members and families, they sacrifice enough. They don’t need to be a pawn in Congress.”
Tapper prefaced his question by claiming: “I know as a military spouse you know, military spouses are really upset about this.”
Haley’s husband Michael is a commissioned officer in the South Carolina Army National Guard. In June, he began a yearlong deployment to Africa. The presidential hopeful spoke of her husband’s ongoing military service at length during the first Republican debate last month.
Haley did criticize the policy Tuberville is protesting. She said that the DoD “never should have done [it]. I disagree with it, and I’ll put an end to it as president.”
“You have to do these things through Congress,” she added. “We have three branches of government for a reason. You can’t slip something in there like that and think that Congress is not going to be upset.”
In April, the candidate called for “consensus” and “sensitivity” on abortion. She claims to be pro-life.
Currently, Haley is polling in the single digits. She served as the U.S. Ambassador to the United States during the first two years of the Trump administration. Previously, she was governor of South Carolina from 2011 to 2017.
In addition, Haley is widely considered to be hawkish on foreign policy issues. If she were to win the Republican nomination next year, it would buck a profound trend in the GOP toward non-interventionism.
Tuberville has said on multiple occasions that despite the opposition, he will continue his holds until the DoD changes its policy.
“I hate to have to do this. But [the Pentagon is] going to listen,” he said during a July interview with the Catholic News Agency (CNA).
Last week in an interview with The Daily Signal he remained true to his words.
“I’m not going to change my mind,” he vowed. “They have not tried to meet me in the middle. They have not tried to compromise.”