- Next week in New York, billionaire and co-founder of Home Depot Ken Langone is scheduled to meet with Nikki Haley.
- In an interview with CNBC on Monday, Langone stated, “I see Nikki Haley as the only person who can give [Donald] Trump a run for his money.”
- For a number of months, Langone has been increasingly inclined to support Haley over Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who was his initial pick.
- He would join the growing group of Republican financiers who are supporting Haley if he were to switch teams and assist her in raising money.
Home Depot: Co-founder and billionaire Ken Langone is scheduled to meet in New York next week with former US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, with the intention of supporting her in the Republican presidential primary.
“The only person I see who can give [Donald] Trump a run for his money is Nikki Haley,” Langone stated in reference to the former president and front-runner for the Republican nomination on Monday in an interview with CNBC.
Although Langone would not disclose the meeting date, the former governor of South Carolina is expected in New York on December 4 for a fundraising function that lawyer Eric Levine is co-hosting.
But Langone stated he wanted to speak with Haley face-to-face before he would agree to organise his own fundraising event for her.
A request for comment from a Haley campaign spokesperson was not immediately answered.
For a number of months, Langone has been increasingly inclined to support Haley over Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who was his initial pick. He told CNBC that after the Florida governor signed a bill outlawing abortions after six weeks, he started to lose his temper with DeSantis.
Regarding DeSantis’ stance on abortion, Langone remarked, “I think he’s come across too hardass.”
Langone declared that he agreed with Haley’s position that each state should have the final say over abortion. Haley stated earlier this month that she would have signed a six-week abortion ban if it had been passed by the South Carolina state legislature when she was governor.
Although Langone has given money to both Haley and DeSantis, Federal Election Commission records show that Langone’s most recent contribution to one of them was made this summer to the governor of Florida.
Should Langone decide to switch sides and assist Haley in raising funds, he would become one of the increasing number of Republican financiers who are supporting Haley.
Haley has gained ground in recent weeks and seems to be establishing herself as the most formidable opponent of Trump.
According to the Real Clear Politics polling average, Haley’s position has improved 4 points in the last month, putting her in second place in the crucial early state of New Hampshire.
While Trump remains ahead of the GOP field in the Granite State, his lead of 27 points is less than half of his average lead across the country.
Forbes reports that Langone is worth slightly over $7 billion. He revealed to CNBC that he is close friends with Stanley Druckenmiller, another new supporter of Haley on Wall Street. Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., who withdrew from the Republican primary earlier this month, was previously supported by Druckenmiller.
Haley’s campaign looks to be counting on a strong showing in her home state of South Carolina as well as the possibility of receiving an endorsement from Republican governor of New Hampshire, Chris Sununu.
Haley will travel to South Carolina and New Hampshire during the first part of this week, where Sununu has hinted he may offer an endorsement in the primary.
Although Sununu has stated unequivocally that he will not back Trump, there is growing conjecture regarding his possible endorsement of Haley with less than two months to go before the state’s primary.