Nikki Haley sees 2022 as a make-or-break election

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"If we don't win in 2022, there won't be a 2024," former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said Sunday.

Speaking to host Mike Emanuel on "Fox News Sunday," the Republican was responding to a question about the 2024 presidential election.

Haley didn't specify what it was about the 2022 midterms that could endanger the 2024 elections, or at least Republicans' chances in them if they fail to do well in the November elections.

"We need to stay humble, disciplined, and win that, and then if there's a place for me, I've never lost a race, I'm not going to start now," she said. "We'll see what happens."

Haley, who served as ambassador to the United Nations under former President Donald Trump, has previously said she wouldn't run for president in 2024 if Trump were to run again. When asked about that Sunday — and whether the Jan. 6 committee hearings had diminished her confidence in him — she did not rule out running herself.

"I think President Trump will decide for himself if he wants to run again," she told Emanuel, adding that she did not have confidence in the House select Jan. 6 panel that has presented a large pile of evidence against Trump over the last months.

Citing cultural issues and international concerns in explaining her opposition to President Joe Biden, Haley did suggest she had a possible advantage over other possible presidential contenders with a reference to former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

"I'm just saying sometimes it takes a woman, and Margaret Thatcher said if you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman," Haley said.