Dem pollster: Haley would be 'very strong' presidential candidate

Democratic pollster Celinda Lake said on Tuesday that U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyOvernight Defense: US to send 1K more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions | Iran threatens to break limit on uranium production in 10 days | US accuses Iran of 'nuclear blackmail' | Details on key defense bill amendments Overnight Defense: US to send 1K more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions | Iran threatens to break limit on uranium production in 10 days | US accuses Iran of 'nuclear blackmail' | Details on key defense bill amendments UN nominee Kelly Craft to face confirmation hearing Wednesday MORE could make a strong presidential candidate. 

"We will see women presidents in the next decade, and the first one may very well be a Republican actually," Lake told Hill.TV's Joe Concha on "What America's Thinking."

"Really? Nikki Haley perhaps?" Concha asked Lake. 

"Nikki Haley would be very strong. She would be very strong," Lake responded. 

Haley, who previously served as South Carolina governor, has pushed hard to promote the Trump administration's agenda at the United Nations, offering support for Israel and slamming Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for human rights abuses. 

Lake said she believes a woman will be on the ticket in 2020. 

"I think there will be a woman on the ticket, but I don't know whether she will be the president or the vice president," she said. 

— Julia Manchester