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“It is an honor and pleasure to accept this award. I can promise you I’m too young to stop fighting,” Haley, 47, said while accepting the 2019 Friend of Israel Humanitarian Award from the Greater Miami Jewish Federation.


“That did not mean I am running for president,” she jokingly added, according to the Miami Herald.

While Haley was at the event to honor her defense of Israel while at the United Nations, the South Carolina Republican has long been considered a rising star within the GOP. But she has denied intentions to challenge Trump in a Republican primay.

In a party that has faced setbacks among women and voters of color, Haley, a woman of Indian heritage, could help the GOP reverse some of those losses should she run for office in the future. She was the first woman and person of color to be elected governor in South Carolina’s history. 

“I am so not taking the bait on that one,” she said when asked if it is time for a woman to be president. “I will tell you when the American people show their voice, it doesn’t matter if it’s a man or woman or black, white or other ... what matters is you have someone who connects with the American people.”